Rautjärvi is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the South Karelia region. The municipality has a population of 3,315 (31 January 2019) and covers an area of 401.89 square kilometres (155.17 sq mi) of which 50.25 km2 (19.40 sq mi) is water. The population density is 9.43 inhabitants per square kilometre (24.4/sq mi).
Simpele church in Rautjärvi
Coat of arms
Location of Rautjärvi in Finland
|Coordinates: 61°26′N 029°21′E|
|• Municipal manager||Harri Anttila|
|• Total||401.89 km2 (155.17 sq mi)|
|• Land||351.64 km2 (135.77 sq mi)|
|• Water||50.25 km2 (19.40 sq mi)|
|Area rank||219th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||213th largest in Finland|
|• Density||9.43/km2 (24.4/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||98.7% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||13%|
|• 15 to 64||60.4%|
|• 65 or older||26.6%|
|Time zone||UTC+02:00 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+03:00 (EEST)|
|Municipal tax rate||19%|
The municipality of Rautjärvi was founded in the year of 1861. A few years prior in 1859, the Rautjärvi parish had founded an independent church.
The villages of Rautjärvi are inclusive of: Haakanala, Hallilanmäki, Hiivaniemi, Hinkkala, Hynnilä, Ilmee, Jurvala, Kalpiala, Kekäleniemi, Kokkola, Kopsala, Korjola, Korpijärvi, Lankila, Latvajärvi, Miettilä, Niskapietilä, Partila, Pirhola, Purnujärvi, Rautjärvi, Siisiälä, Torsansalo, Uimola, Untamo, Viimola, Vähikkälä
- Hiitolanjoki, a river that descends from Lake Ladoga
- Haukkavuori, the highest place in South Karelia
- Iivanansaari, an island which also serves as the burial place of Jussi Reinikainen
- Pirunkirkko, several rock and stone formations
- Miettilä Historical Reserve Garrison, historic barracks which were constructed in the years of 1881-1883.
- Rautjärvi local history exhibition
- Kollaa Museum, a museum which documents the Battle of Kollaa
- Niskapietiläntie, a road connecting the villages of Rautjärvi and Miettilä
- Rautjärvi church, completed in the year of 1881
- Simpele church, completed in the year of 1933
- Hannes Pulkkinen, elementary school teacher and a Member of the Parliament of Finland
- Jesse Joronen, football goalkeeper who is currently playing for Fulham FC.
- Johannes Häyhä, teacher and writer
- Jorma Kosunen, Finnish Border Guard colonel and former Frontier school (later the Border and Coast Guard Academy) leader
- Jouni Vento, ice hockey player
- Karl Henrik Jakob Ignatius, priest and writer
- Lauri Vilkko, Olympic pentathlete
- Lea Piltti, opera singer
- Martti Siisiäinen, professor and researcher
- Matti Mononen, pole vaulter
- Olli Pajari, Member of the Parliament
- Simo Häyhä, notable hero of the Winter War of World War II.
- Yrjö Roiha, missionary
- "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Suomen virallinen tilasto (SVT): Väestön ennakkotilasto [verkkojulkaisu]. Tammikuu 2019" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
- "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.
- "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.
- Municipality of Rautjärvi – Official website (in Finnish)