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Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
is a city located in Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
originated around the Östermyra bruk iron and gunpowder factories founded in 1798. Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
became a municipality in 1868, market town in 1931 and town in 1960. In 2005, the municipality of Peräseinäjoki
Peräseinäjoki
was merged into Seinäjoki, and in the beginning of 2009, the neighbouring municipalities of Nurmo
Nurmo
and Ylistaro
Ylistaro
were consolidated with Seinäjoki. The Town
Town
library, Lakeuden Risti Church
Lakeuden Risti Church
and central administrative buildings are designed by Alvar Aalto. The asteroid 1521 Seinäjoki bears the town's name. Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
was historically called Östermyra in Swedish. Today this name is very seldom used even among the Swedish speakers. Literal translation for Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
is "Wallriver". Seinäjoki Airport
Seinäjoki Airport
is located in the neighbouring municipality of Ilmajoki, 11 kilometres (10 mi) south of the Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
city centre. Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
is home of the Crocodiles, a professional American Football team that competes in the Finnish Maple League. The Seinäjoki Crocodiles are one of the top American Football teams in Europe.

Contents

1 History 2 Culture 3 Sights

3.1 Other points of interest 3.2 Notable people 3.3 Statistics

4 Economy 5 Education 6 International relations

6.1 Twin towns — Sister cities

7 References 8 External links

History[edit] The settlement spread in the area of the present Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
during the first half of the 16th century. During the 1550s, there is said to have been three houses in Seinäjoki: the houses of Marttila, Jouppi and Uppa. The house of Jouppila, which separated from the house of Jouppi, was established during the same century. All of the houses were located on the shore of the river. Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
belonged to the church parish of Ilmajoki
Ilmajoki
like Kurikka, Kauhajoki, Jalasjärvi
Jalasjärvi
and Alavus. However, in the 18th century the roads from Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
to the Church of Ilmajoki
Ilmajoki
were generally in poor condition. Therefore, the inhabitants of Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
and the neighbouring Nurmo
Nurmo
built a new chapel together in 1725, which in 1765 led to the formation of the chapel town of Nurmo. Seinäjoki, which was called Alaseinäjoki since the Greater Wrath, became a part of the chapel town. The chapel parish of Peräseinäjoki
Peräseinäjoki
was founded in 1798, and the village of Alaseinäjoki began to be called Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
again. The very same year, the Östermyra steel mill was founded on the shore of the Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
river. In the 1850s, actions were taken to separate Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
from the church parish of Nurmo. Ilmajoki
Ilmajoki
wanted to connect Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
back to its own parish. In spite of strong objections from the inhabitants of Nurmo, the Senate of Finland
Finland
accepted the petition from the inhabitants of Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
in 1863, to form a chapel congregation of their own. Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
got an independent local government in 1868. In 1900, Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
became an independent municipality. Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
has grown around a few important railroad crossings. The Tampere – Vaasa railway, which passes through Seinäjoki, was inaugurated in 1883. The track, along with the Kokkola track that was opened for rail service in 1885, and the Kristiinankaupunki track which had been completed in 1913, raised Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
as an important railway crossing section in Finland. In the early 1970s, a direct railway between Tampere and Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
was opened, and the services of Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
improved further. After the Winter War and Continuation War, some refugees from Jaakkima and Lumivaara were resettled to Seinäjoki. Culture[edit]

Lakeuden Risti Church

There are many kinds of cultural events in Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
nowadays. For example, Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
is known for hosting three large summer events: Tangomarkkinat, which is a tango festival attracting more than 1 visitors annually, Vauhtiajot, which is a motor racing event/music festival, and Provinssirock, which is one of the largest and oldest rock festivals in Finland. Rytmikorjaamo is a popular rock club, wherein almost every weekend play some Finnish or international artists. In Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
there are also several other bars and clubs offering live music and other entertainment. The city theatre of Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
has a wide quality program throughout the year, offering plays for everyone. The city orchestra of Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
is performing many concerts in the area and has been making many tours in Finland and abroad. Sights[edit]

Lakeuden Risti Church
Lakeuden Risti Church
("The Cross of the Plains") Alvar Aalto's cultural and administrative centre The Southern Ostrobothnia
Southern Ostrobothnia
District Museum The Civil Guard and Lotta Svärd museum Törnävä church The railway exhibition Mallaskoski brewery

Other points of interest[edit]

Törnävä Museum Area the Suviyö trotting-race Törnävä summer theatre - Seinäjoki Jouppi mountain winter sports centre Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
City Theatre Provinssirock Tangomarkkinat Vauhtiajot

Notable people[edit]

Softengine, rock pop band Arto Saari, skateboarder Paula Koivuniemi, singer Jorma Ollila, former Chairman and CEO of the Nokia Corporation Pekka Koskela, speed skater Veli Lampi, soccer player Mari Kiviniemi, politician (Prime Minister of Finland
Finland
2010—2011) Petri Kontiola, hockey player Hanna-Kaisa Lehtiniemi, accordion player Katja Kankaanpää, mixed martial artist Jukka Hildén, Actor, Stunt man, The Dudesons Jarppi Leppälä, Actor, Stunt man, The Dudesons Hannu-Pekka "HP" Parviainen, Actor, Stunt man, The Dudesons Jarno Laasala, Actor, Stunt man, The Dudesons Pekka Puska, public health researcher and official

Statistics[edit]

Population: 31,696 (2003), 35,918 (2005 after consolidation with Peräseinäjoki) and 56,229 (2009 after consolidation with Nurmo
Nurmo
and Ylistaro). Annual growth: 624

Economy[edit] Nordic Regional Airlines
Nordic Regional Airlines
has its financial office in Seinäjoki.[6] Its predecessor, Finncomm Airlines, had its head office on the grounds of Seinäjoki Airport
Seinäjoki Airport
in nearby Ilmajoki.[7] Also Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
has a nationally and internationally significant food production and R&D industry. Headquartered in Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
food company Atria Corporation's net sales in 2009 were EUR 1316 million and it employed an average of 6,214 persons in several countries. Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
also is well known for having a large number of SME's and a big number of shops for its size. Education[edit] Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK) is the local higher education institution, that also pursues an international profile. International relations[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Finland Twin towns — Sister cities[edit] Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
is twinned with:

Koszalin, Poland Schweinfurt, Germany Sopron, Hungary Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Virginia, Minnesota, United States

References[edit]

^ "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.  ^ "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.  ^ "About Us." Nordic Regional Airlines. Retrieved on October 25, 2016. ^ "Contact Information." Finncomm Airlines. Retrieved on 25 February 2010.

External links[edit]

Panorama image of Seinäjoki, Finland

Media related to Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
at Wikimedia Commons

Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
travel guide from Wikivoyage Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki
– Official website Provinssirock
Provinssirock
– rock festival Tangomarkkinat – tango festival

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Municipalities of Southern Ostrobothnia

Municipalities

Alajärvi Alavus Evijärvi Ilmajoki Isojoki Karijoki Kauhajoki Kauhava Kuortane Kurikka Lappajärvi Lapua Seinäjoki Soini Teuva Vimpeli Ähtäri

Former municipalities

Alahärmä Jalasjärvi Jurva Kortesjärvi Lehtimäki Nurmo Peräseinäjoki Töysä Ylihärmä Ylistaro

Southern Os

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