Position of Oulunkylä within Helsinki
|Area||8.61 km2 (3.32 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,614/km2 (6,770/sq mi)|
00620, 00630, 00640, 00650
|Neighbouring subdivisions||Pasila, Käpylä, Koskela, Haaga, Kaarela, Pakila, Viikki, Pukinmäki, Malmi|
It has been inhabited since the 13th century. Earlier an independent municipality, it was made part of Helsinki in 1946.
For centuries, Oulunkylä was part of Helsingin pitäjä (now Vantaa). The neighbourhood started to grow after a railway station was founded there in 1881. In the late 19th century and early 20th century Oulunkylä was known for many villas that were built there. In 1921 it was separated from Helsingin pitäjä and became an independent municipality. However, most of the Oulunkylä area was already owned by the City of Helsinki and in 1946 Oulunkylä, along with many other suburbs, was annexed by Helsinki.
The modern Oulunkylä is largely constructed according to the zoning scheme of 1953 that transformed the neighbourhood from a villa community into an apartment building suburb.
Oulunkylä Ice Rink, a rink used for speed skating and bandy, is located in Oulunkylä. It was the first artificial ice pad for those sports in Finland. The Bandy World Championship has been hosted here.
- http://www.kaupunginosat.net/oulunkyla/ (Finnish)
- http://www.hel2.fi/tietokeskus/helsinki_alueittain_2005/404Oulunkyl%C3%A4.pdf Information about Oulunkylä district and its subareas(in Finnish)
- Kervanto Nevanlinna, Anja (2014). Oulunkylä - Åggelby, vanhan huvilakaupungin aikakerrostumat. Oulunkylä-Seura. ISBN 978-952-93-3722-4.