SEINäJOKI is a city located in
Southern Ostrobothnia ,
Seinäjoki originated around the Östermyra bruk iron and gunpowder
factories founded in 1798.
Seinäjoki became a municipality in 1868,
market town in 1931 and town in 1960. In 2005, the municipality of
Peräseinäjoki was merged into Seinäjoki, and in the beginning of
2009, the neighbouring municipalities of
consolidated with Seinäjoki.
Lakeuden Risti Church and central administrative
buildings are designed by
Alvar Aalto .
1521 Seinäjoki bears the town's name.
Seinäjoki was historically called Östermyra in Swedish . Today this
name is very seldom used even among the Swedish speakers. Literal
Seinäjoki is "Wallriver".
Seinäjoki Airport is located in the neighbouring municipality of
Ilmajoki , 11 kilometres (10 mi) south of the
Seinäjoki city centre.
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
* 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
The settlement spread in the area of the present
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 belonged to the church parish of
Ilmajoki like Kurikka,
Jalasjärvi and Alavus. However, in the 18th century the
Seinäjoki to the Church of
Ilmajoki were generally in poor
condition. Therefore, the inhabitants of
Seinäjoki and the
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 was founded in
1798, and the village of Alaseinäjoki began to be called Seinäjoki
again. The very same year, the Östermyra steel mill was founded on
the shore of the
In the 1850s, actions were taken to separate
Seinäjoki from the
church parish of Nurmo.
Ilmajoki wanted to connect
Seinäjoki back to
its own parish. In spite of strong objections from the inhabitants of
Nurmo, the Senate of
Finland accepted the petition from the
Seinäjoki in 1863, to form a chapel congregation of
Seinäjoki got an independent local government in 1868. In
Seinäjoki became an independent municipality.
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 as an important
railway crossing section in Finland. In the early 1970s, a direct
railway between Tampere and
Seinäjoki was opened, and the services of
Seinäjoki improved further.
After the Winter War and Continuation War, some refugees from
Jaakkima and Lumivaara were resettled to Seinäjoki.
Lakeuden Risti Church
There are many kinds of cultural events in
Seinäjoki nowadays. For
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
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
Seinäjoki there are also several other bars and clubs
offering live music and other entertainment. The city theatre of
Seinäjoki has a wide quality program throughout the year, offering
plays for everyone. The city orchestra of
Seinäjoki is performing
many concerts in the area and has been making many tours in Finland
Lakeuden Risti Church ("The Cross of the Plains")
* Alvar Aalto\'s cultural and administrative centre
Southern Ostrobothnia District Museum
* The Civil Guard and Lotta Svärd museum
* Törnävä church
* The railway exhibition
* Mallaskoski brewery
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
* Törnävä Museum Area
* the Suviyö trotting-race
* Törnävä summer theatre - Seinäjoki
* Jouppi mountain winter sports centre
Seinäjoki City Theatre
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
Petri Kontiola , hockey player
* Hanna-Kaisa Lehtiniemi , accordion player
Katja Kankaanpää , mixed martial artist
Jukka Hildén , Actor, Stunt man,
Jarppi Leppälä , Actor, Stunt man,
Hannu-Pekka "HP" Parviainen , Actor, Stunt man,
Jarno Laasala , Actor, Stunt man,
Pekka Puska , public health researcher and official
* Population: 31,696 (2003), 35,918 (2005 after consolidation with
Peräseinäjoki ) and 56,229 (2009 after consolidation with
* Annual growth: 624
Nordic Regional Airlines has its financial office in Seinäjoki. Its
Finncomm Airlines , had its head office on the grounds of
Seinäjoki Airport in nearby
Seinäjoki has a nationally and internationally significant food
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* ^ "Population density by area 1.1.2016". Statistics Finland.
Retrieved 12 February 2017.
* ^ "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, maaliskuu.2016"
(in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
* ^ "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
* ^ "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,
* ^ "Contact Information."
Finncomm Airlines . Retrieved on 25
Panorama image of Seinäjoki,