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Taival Kosken kunta
coat of arms map
Taivalkoski coat of arms Location of Taivalkoski in Finland
Basic data
State : FinlandFinland Finland
Landscape : Northern Ostrobothnia
Administrative community : Koillismaa
Geographical location 65 ° 34 ′  N , 28 ° 15 ′  E Coordinates: 65 ° 34 ′  N , 28 ° 15 ′  E
Surface: 2,650.86 km²
of which land area: 2,438.17 km²
of which inland waterways: 212.69 km²
Residents : 4,024 (Dec. 31, 2018)
Population density : 1.7 inhabitants / km²
Municipality number : 832
Language (s) : Finnish
Website : www.taivalkoski.fi

Taivalkoski [ ˈtɑi̯vɑlkɔski ] is a municipality in Finland. It is located around 800 km northeast of the capital Helsinki in the hilly landscape known as Koillismaa in the northeast of the country.

The municipality covers an area the size of the Saarland , but has only 4024 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2018). In addition to the church village Taivalkoski, it includes the widely scattered settlements Inkee, Jokijärvi, Jokikylä, Jurmu, Koitila, Kosto, Kurtti, Loukusa, Metsäkylä, Pisto, Tyrävaara and Vaarakylä.


The region, previously settled by the Sami , was opened up by Finnish settlers from the 16th century . Until the 18th century the village of Jokikylä was the focus of the settlement and the parish, after the construction of a sawmill in today's church village Taivalkoski, this became the administrative center. For centuries, agriculture and forestry as well as reindeer herding were the most important branches of business, industrialization did not take place until the second half of the 20th century. Today the community, like the entire region, has to struggle with structural weakness and considerable rural exodus. In recent years tourism has developed into an important industry.

coat of arms

Description of the coat of arms : In the red coat of arms with a silver saw , the silver head of the shield is cut off by the fir cut .


Taivalkoski is the birthplace of the writer Kalle Päätalo , the comedian Pekka Jalava , the ski jumper Tapio Räisänen and the ice hockey player Joni Pitkänen .

Pictures of the place

Web links

Commons : Taivalkoski  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Taivalkoski  - travel guide

Individual evidence

  1. Maanmittauslaitos (Finnish land surveying office): Suomen pinta-alat kunnittain January 1, 2010 . (PDF; 199 kB)
  2. Statistical Office Finland: Table 11ra - Key figures on population by region, 1990-2018