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Saarijärven kaupunki
Church of Saarijärvi
Church of Saarijärvi
Coat of arms of Saarijärvi
Coat of arms
Location of Saarijärvi in Finland
Location of Saarijärvi in Finland
Country Finland
Region Central Finland
Sub-region Saarijärvi-Viitasaari sub-region
Charter 1866
City rights 1986
 • Town manager Janne Kinnunen
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 1,422.73 km2 (549.32 sq mi)
 • Land 1,251.93 km2 (483.37 sq mi)
 • Water 170.8 km2 (65.9 sq mi)
Area rank 75th largest in Finland
Population (2015-06-30)[2]
 • Total 10,015
 • Rank 98th largest in Finland
 • Density 8/km2 (20/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 99.4% (official)
 • Others 0.6%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 15.7%
 • 15 to 64 61.4%
 • 65 or older 23%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20%

Saarijärvi (Finnish pronunciation: ) is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located in the Central Finland region. The municipality has a population of 10,015 (30 June 2015)[2] and covers an area of 1,422.73 square kilometres (549.32 sq mi) of which 170.8 km2 (65.9 sq mi) is water.[1] There are all together 241 lakes in Saarijärvi. Biggest lakes are Pyhäjärvi, Summanen and Lake Saarijärvi.[6] The population density is 8 inhabitants per square kilometre (21/sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish. The neighboring municipality of Pylkönmäki was consolidated to Saarijärvi on 1 January 2009.

Saarijärvi is the home of Bonden Paavo (Finnish: Saarijärven Paavo) in the poem by Johan Ludvig Runeberg. Juho Hyytiäinen, the great grandfather of Pamela Anderson, left the village in 1908 emigrating to the American continent.


  • Sister cities 1
  • People born in Saarijärvi 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Sister cities

The following places are twinned with Saarijärvi:[7]

People born in Saarijärvi


  1. ^ a b "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 30.06.2015" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Saarijärvi (kunta)". Järviwiki. Finland's Environmental Administration. 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ystävyyskuntatoiminta" (in Norwegian). City of Saarijärvi. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Town of Saarijärvi – Official website
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