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Kuusankoski
Kuusankoski
is a neighborhood of city of Kouvola, former industrial town and municipality of Finland, located in the region of Kymenlaakso in the province of Southern Finland. The population of Kuusankoski
Kuusankoski
was 20,392 (2003) and the total area was 129.5 km² of which 114 km² was land and 14.56 km² water. It is located some 130 kilometres (80 mi) northeast of the Finnish capital Helsinki. Kuusankoski
Kuusankoski
is primarily known for paper manufacturing and three large factory complexes. It is sometimes nicknamed the "Paper capital of Finland".

Contents

1 History 2 Hydropower 3 People born in Kuusankoski 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] Kuusankoski
Kuusankoski
(as a municipality, not the settlement), was founded in 1921 from the parts of neighbouring Iitti
Iitti
and Valkeala. It gained the status of kauppala (literally "a place of commerce") in 1957 and became a town in 1973. The history of Kuusankoski
Kuusankoski
during the last one and a half centuries has been closely linked to the establishment of the paper factories and their development. The establishment of the factories dates back to the 1870s and 1890s, when the rapids of the river Kymijoki
Kymijoki
were made to deliver electricity to a waking industry. Since then, and until the modern age of automation, the factories have offered jobs to many generations of Kuusankoski
Kuusankoski
citizens, making the area somewhat more prosperous than the neighbouring regions. Today, the influence of the factories on everyday life has somewhat lessened, but their historical importance remains well known. The cityscape of Kuusankoski
Kuusankoski
consists mostly of element-based blocks of flats built during the 1960s. However, there are some exceptions, such as a school and a church built at the beginning of the last century. Another kind of architecture is represented by the culture building Kuusankoskitalo, a typical creation of modern Finnish architecture, and a library built in a functionalistic style. The cityscape is also characterised by the beautiful river Kymijoki
Kymijoki
which curves through the town. Footballer Sami Hyypiä
Sami Hyypiä
is from Kuusankoski. Another famous person living in this town is ex-Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen. As of 2009, the six municipalities – Kouvola, Kuusankoski, Elimäki, Anjalankoski, Valkeala
Valkeala
and Jaala
Jaala
– were consolidated, accounting for the new municipality of Kouvola
Kouvola
with a population of over 80,000, being the 10th largest city in Finland. Hydropower[edit]

Plants[1]

Name Power (MW) Company

Kuusankoski
Kuusankoski
hydropower plant 30 UPM-Kymmene Oyj

Voikkaa hydropower plant 30 UPM-Kymmene Oyj

Keltti hydropower plant 17 UPM-Kymmene Oyj

People born in Kuusankoski[edit]

Kalevi Laitinen (1919 – 1995) Eeva-Kaarina Volanen
Eeva-Kaarina Volanen
(1921 – 1999) Veikko Kansikas (1923 – 1991) Erkki Kataja (1924 – 1969) Aulis Kallakorpi (1929 – 2005) Kaj Chydenius (1939 – ) Maija-Liisa Peuhu
Maija-Liisa Peuhu
(1942 – ) Esa Jokinen (1958 – ) Janne Lindberg
Janne Lindberg
(1966 – ) Jukka Heinikainen (1972 – ) Jani Uotinen (1978 – ) Jukka Rajala (1982 – ) Sami Hyypia
Sami Hyypia
(1973 - )

References[edit]

^ Production plants registered in the Finnish GoO system, 2014.

External links[edit] Media related to Kuusankoski
Kuusankoski
at Wikimedia Commons

Kuusankoski
Kuusankoski
– Suomen paperikaupunki (in Finnish)

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Municipalities of Kymenlaakso

Municipalities

Hamina Iitti Kotka Kouvola Miehikkälä Pyhtää Virolahti

Former municipalities

Anjala Anjalankoski Elimäki Haapasaari Jaala Karhula Kuusankoski Kymi Sippola Suursaari Tytärsaari Valkeala Vehkalahti

Kymenlaakso Finland

Coordinates: 60°54′30″N 26°37′25″E / 60.90833°N 26.62361°E /

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