Lake Keitele

Keitele is a rather large lake located in Central Finland. With the area of 493.59 km² it is the 9th largest lake in the country. The lake is divided into three regions, Ylä-, Keski-, and Ala-Keitele, of which Keski-Keitele is the largest. Water in the lake is clear and in excellent condition.[2] The towns of Äänekoski and Viitasaari are located on the shores of Keitele.

Location of Keitele.
LocationCentral Finland
Coordinates62°56′N 26°02′E
Lake typeNatural
Catchment areaKymijoki
Basin countriesFinland
Surface area498.41 km2 (192.44 sq mi)[1]
Average depth6.88 m (22.6 ft)
Max. depth66 m (217 ft)
Water volume3.4 km3 (2,800,000 acre⋅ft)
Shore length11,461 km (908 mi)
Surface elevation99.5 m (326 ft)[1]
IslandsHautsalo, Pyhänsalo, Jurvansalo, Patasalo
SettlementsÄänekoski, Sumiainen, Suolahti, Viitasaari
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

The northernmost part of the lake is called Ylä-Keitele. A big part of Ylä-Keitele belongs to Natura 2000 protection program due to its clear water and natural condition.

A leading figure in modern Finnish painting, Akseli Gallen-Kallela first worked at Lake Keitele, in summer 1904. This Lake Keitele landscape is his third and most elaborate depiction of the lake, and he exhibited it in Helsinki that same year. The painting is signed with the Swedish form of the artist's name; in later years he used the Finnish form, as above, by which he is best known today. This painting now hangs in the National Gallery, London.

The lake is mentioned prominently in James Church's 2006 novel A Corpse in the Koryo.


  1. Järviwiki Web Service. Finnish Environment Institute. Retrieved 22 Feb 2014.
  2. Keski-Suomen ympäristökeskus Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine (in Finnish)

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