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Tuusulan kunta
coat of arms map
Tuusula coat of arms Location of Tuusula in Finland
Basic data
State : FinlandFinland Finland
Landscape : Uusimaa
Administrative community : Helsinki
Geographical location 60 ° 24 ′  N , 25 ° 2 ′  E Coordinates: 60 ° 24 ′  N , 25 ° 2 ′  E
Surface: 225.48 km²
of which land area: 219.56 km²
of which inland waterways: 5.92 km²
Residents : 38,664 (Dec. 31, 2018)
Population density : 176.1 inhabitants / km²
Municipality number : 858
Postcodes : 04300-04380
Language (s) : Finnish
Website : tuusula.fi
View of Hyrylä
View of Hyrylä

Tuusula [ ˈtuːsulɑ ] ( Swedish. Tusby ) is a municipality in southern Finland . It has 38,664 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2018) and is located on Lake Tuusulanjärvi in the Uusimaa region north of the capital Helsinki .


Tuusula is located on Lake Tuusulanjärvi in ​​the Uusimaa region in southern Finland . Neighboring towns and communities are Vantaa in the south, Nurmijärvi in the west, Hyvinkää , Järvenpää and Sipoo in the northeast and Kerava in the east. Helsinki is 28 km south. Tuusula belongs to the Helsinki region and is closely connected to the capital.

The area of ​​Tuusula is 225.49 km². The municipality has three settlement centers: The largest town and seat of the municipal administration is Hyrylä at the southern end of Tuusulanjärvi with 19,500 inhabitants, 5300 in Jokela and 4300 in Kellokoski . The remaining 4,400 are spread across the rural areas outside the settlement centers.


In 1643 the villages in the vicinity of Tuusulanjärvi, which at that time were still called Kaukjärvi , were merged to form the Tuusula chapel parish. Previously, they had mostly belonged to the parish of Sipoo , to a smaller extent to Helsinge (today's Vantaa ) and Nurmijärvi . Originally Tuusula was bigger than it is today: in 1924 Kerava became independent as a market town, in 1950 the village of Korso , which was divided between Tuusula, Kerava and the rural municipality of Helsinki (today's Vantaa), was completely assigned to the rural municipality of Helsinki and in 1951 Järvenpää also became an independent market town.

During the Crimean War (1853-1856) Russian troops were stationed in Hyrylä (Finland was part of the Russian Empire at that time ). After the war, the base was converted into a permanent garrison , around which a settlement developed. At the beginning of the 20th century an Orthodox church was built for the Russian soldiers , which was demolished again in 1958. After Finland gained independence in 1917, the Finnish armed forces took over the garrison. From 1957 until the base was closed in 2007, the Helsinki anti-aircraft regiment was stationed in Tuusula .

The place Kellokoski grew in the 19th century around an ironworks founded in 1795 . Production ceased in the early 1980s. Jokela, the third settlement center in the municipality, was created after the Helsinki- Hämeenlinna railway line opened in 1862 . In 1874 a brick factory was opened in Jokela, which contributed to the growth of the place.

After Tuusula was connected to the railway network, well-heeled residents of the capital began to build villas on the banks of the Tuusulanjärvi. After the Finnish national poet Aleksis Kivi had already spent the last months of his life in a small hut belonging to his brother Albert Stenvall in Syvälahti on Tuusulanjärvi, an artists' colony formed on the shore of the lake at the beginning of the 20th century . The painters Pekka Halonen and Eero Järnefelt lived in Tuusula , while Jean Sibelius 's home Ainola , the houses of the writer Juhani Aho and the composer Joonas Kokkonen were in Järvenpää, which at that time still belonged to Tuusula.

On November 7, 2007, an 18-year-old high school student shot and killed eight people in a rampage at his school in Jokela and then himself (see Jokela school massacre ).


Thanks to its location in the suburb of Helsinki, Tuusula has a positive population balance (as of 2015). The number of inhabitants has more than doubled since 1970, and between 2000 and 2009 the number of inhabitants increased by an average of 560 people per year. In 2014 it only increased by 73 people.

Almost all of Tuusula's residents speak Finnish , with only 2% speaking Swedish as their mother tongue. Thus Tuusula is officially monolingual Finnish.



The strongest political force in Tuusula is the conservative National Collection Party . It received almost a third of the vote in the 2008 local elections and has 16 of 51 members of the local council, the highest decision-making body in local matters. This is followed by the Social Democrats and the local electoral list “For Tuusula” ( Tuusulan puolesta ), each with a little over a fifth of the votes and twelve or eleven seats on the municipal council. The fourth strongest force is the Center Party with four seats. The Christian Democrats are also represented on the municipal council with four members and the Left Alliance , the Green League , the right-wing populist " True Finns " and the Swedish People's Party with one MP each.

Composition of the municipal council (2009–2012)
Political party 2008 election results Seats
National rally party 30.0% 16
Social democrats 21.8% 12
For Tuusula ( Tuusulan puolesta ) 21.0% 11
Center Party 12.2% 4th
Christian Democrats 3.2% 4th
Left alliance 3.2% 1
Green covenant 3.2% 1
True Finns 3.0% 1
Swedish People's Party 1.2% 1

coat of arms

The Tuusula coat of arms was designed by Olof Eriksson in 1952. In the diagonally divided field it shows a silver flintlock above in red , below a green laurel branch with red berries in silver. The stone castle refers to the lord of Vanhankylä, Nils Stålhana , who played a key role in founding the Tuusula chapel community in the 17th century. Born under the name Niilo Laurinpoika, the riding master was ennobled in 1641 under the name Nils Stålhana because of his military service. The name Stålhana means “steel castle” in Swedish and is derived from an incident in the Thirty Years War when Laurinpoika's troops secretly sneaked into a Polish camp one night and incapacitated their opponents by sabotaging the flintlocks of their weapons. The bay leaf in turn refers to the cultural life in Tuusula with the artists' colony at Tuusulanjärvi.

Community partnerships

Tuusula has parish partnerships with Sollentuna in Sweden, Oppegård in Norway, Hvidovre in Denmark, the district of Celle in Germany, Augustów in Poland, Vinni in Estonia and Winodje in Russia.

Economy and Infrastructure

Lemminkäinen Betonituote Oy concrete plant in Tuusula


Due to its proximity to Helsinki as a business location, Tuusula is largely a commuter community . In Tuusula itself there are around 10,000 jobs with a typical urban structure. 66% of jobs are in the service sector . 31% of the workforce is employed in industry, 1.5% in agriculture. At 3% (2007), the unemployment rate is well below the national average.


Train at Nuppulinna station

Tuusula has good transport links to the capital Helsinki.

The center of the capital can be reached in half an hour via the motorway - like section of the main road 45 , known as Tuusulanväylä .

The Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is located 15 km south of Tuusula.

The northern parts of the municipality are connected to the main line (the Helsinki- Tampere railway line ). The train stations Jokela and Nuppulinna are located in the municipality of Tuusula. Local rail trains in the Helsinki region connect the stations with Helsinki Central Station twice an hour during rush hour.

Web links

Commons : Tuusula  - collection of images, videos and audio files

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
  3. Website of the municipality of Tuusula: Tuusulassa on kolme keskusta ja niitä ympäröivät maaseutualueet ( Memento of the original of November 7, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (Finnish) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.tuusula.fi
  4. Tietoa Tuusulasta - Tuusulan kunnan www-sivut. July 7, 2011, archived from the original on July 7, 2011 ; Retrieved February 3, 2016 .
  5. a b Website of the Tuusula community: Tietoa Tuusulasta (Finnish)
  6. Finnish Ministry of Justice: Result of the 2008 local elections
  7. Website of the Tuusula community: Vaakuna kuvaa paikkakunnan historiaa ( Memento of the original dated November 8, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (Finnish) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.tuusula.fi