Seinäjoki is a city located in Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland.
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
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 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.
3.1 Other points of interest
3.2 Notable people
6 International relations
6.1 Twin towns — Sister cities
8 External links
The settlement spread in the area of the present
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 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
The very same year, the Östermyra steel mill was founded on the shore
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
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
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
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
The railway exhibition
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
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
Population: 31,696 (2003), 35,918 (2005 after consolidation with
Peräseinäjoki) and 56,229 (2009 after consolidation with
Annual growth: 624
Nordic Regional Airlines
Nordic Regional Airlines has its financial office in Seinäjoki.
Its predecessor, Finncomm Airlines, had its head office on the grounds
Seinäjoki Airport in nearby Ilmajoki.
Seinäjoki has a nationally and internationally significant food
production and R&D industry. Headquartered in
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 also is well known for having a large number of SME's and a
big number of shops for its size.
Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK) is the local higher
education institution, that also pursues an international profile.
See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Finland
Twin towns — Sister cities
Seinäjoki is twinned with:
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Virginia, Minnesota, United States
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Panorama image of Seinäjoki, Finland
Media related to
Seinäjoki at Wikimedia Commons
Seinäjoki travel guide from Wikivoyage
Seinäjoki – Official website
Provinssirock – rock festival
Tangomarkkinat – tango festival
Municipalities of Southern Ostrobothnia