Saarijärvi (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈsɑːriˌjærʋi]) is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located in the Central Finland region. The municipality has a population of 9,406 (31 January 2019) and covers an area of 1,422.72 square kilometres (549.32 sq mi) of which 170.8 km2 (65.9 sq mi) is water. The population density is 7.51 inhabitants per square kilometre (19.5/sq mi).
Church of Saarijärvi
Coat of arms
Location of Saarijärvi in Finland
|Coordinates: 62°42.3′N 025°15.5′E|
|• Town manager||Timo Rusanen|
|• Total||1,422.72 km2 (549.32 sq mi)|
|• Land||1,251.93 km2 (483.37 sq mi)|
|• Water||170.8 km2 (65.9 sq mi)|
|Area rank||58th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||103rd largest in Finland|
|• Density||7.51/km2 (19.5/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||99.4% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||15.7%|
|• 15 to 64||61.4%|
|• 65 or older||23%|
|Time zone||UTC+02:00 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+03:00 (EEST)|
|Municipal tax rate||20%|
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.
Twin towns - sister cities
Saarijärvi is twinned with:
People born in Saarijärvi
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- Town of Saarijärvi – Official website, finnish, russian, english and swedish