Kauhajoki (literally “Scoop River”) is a town and municipality of
Finland. The city is unilingually Finnish.
It is located in the province of Western
Finland and is part of the
Southern Ostrobothnia region. The population of
Kauhajoki is 13,678
(31 August 2017) and the municipality covers an area of
1,299.10 km2 (501.59 sq mi) of which 16.46 km2
(6.36 sq mi) is inland water (1 January 2018). The
population density is 10.53/km2 (27.3/sq mi).
1.1 2008 vocational college shooting
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Permanent settlement in the
Kauhajoki area began in the 16th century
and in 1584 chapel was built in Kauhajoki.
Winter War between 1939–1940,
Kauhajoki hosted the
2008 vocational college shooting
Kauhajoki school shooting
On 23 September 2008, a school shooting at a vocational college in the
city left 11 dead, including the gunman, and another woman wounded.
The incident was the second school shooting in less than a year in
Finland, the other being the
Jokela school shooting in November 2007,
in which nine people including the gunman died. Before that, only one
other school shooting had taken place in the country's history, in
Rauma in 1989, leaving two people dead.
Some internationally successful Kauhajokian sports figures include:
Jouko Salomäki, the 1984 Olympic Champion in Greco-Roman wrestling,
was born in Kauhajoki.
Kaarlo Maaninka, the 1980 Olympic silver and bronze medalist in long
distance running, lives in Kauhajoki. He also represented the town's
Kauhajoen Karhu during his career.
Vesa Hietalahti, the 2003 World Championship silver medalist in
biathlon, was born and lives in Kauhajoki. He also represented the
town's sports club
Kauhajoen Karhu throughout his career.
Heli Koivula Kruger, the 2002 European Championship silver medalist in
triple jump, was born in Kauhajoki. She also represented the town's
Kauhajoen Karhu throughout her career.
Jani Haapamäki, the 2009 European Champion in Greco-Roman wrestling,
was born in Kauhajoki. He also represents the town's sports club
Kauhajoki is also known about basketball club Kauhajoen Karhu, which
plays in the Finnish first-tier league Korisliiga.
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Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
^ a b "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, elokuu 2017" (in
Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
^ "Population according to language and the number of foreigners and
land area km2 by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's
PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
^ "Population according to age and gender by area as of 31 December
2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland.
Retrieved 28 April 2009.
^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration
of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
^ "School Shootings Rare in Finland". YLE. 2007-11-07. Retrieved
Media related to
Kauhajoki at Wikimedia Commons
Kauhajoki – official site (in Finnish)
Municipalities of Southern Ostrobothnia