Siilinjärvi is a municipality of Finland. The name, in Finnish, means "Hedgehog's Lake." Lakes are essential part of the geography of Siilinjärvi. There are 123 lakes, and the biggest of them are Kallavesi and Juurusvesi–Akonvesi. Water area is 106.85 km2, which is 21% of the whole area of Siilinjärvi.[6]

Siilinjärven kunta
Siilinjärvi kommun
Siilinjärvi church

Coat of arms
Location of Siilinjärvi in Finland
Coordinates: 63°04.5′N 027°39.5′E
Country Finland
RegionNorthern Savonia
Sub-regionKuopio sub-region
  Municipal managerVesa Lötjönen
  Total507.81 km2 (196.07 sq mi)
  Land400.96 km2 (154.81 sq mi)
  Water106.85 km2 (41.26 sq mi)
Area rank203rd largest in Finland
  Rank48th largest in Finland
  Density54.03/km2 (139.9/sq mi)
Population by native language
  Finnish99.2% (official)
Population by age
  0 to 1421%
  15 to 6465.7%
  65 or older13.4%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]19.5%

Siilinjärvi is located in Eastern Finland, in Northern Savonia, 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of the city of Kuopio. Another neighbour municipality with Kuopio is Lapinlahti. The median age is relatively low; 23% of the population are under 15 years old. The main sources of income are services and industry. Siilinjärvi has eleven elementary schools and two secondary schools (one is located in Suininlahti and one downtown). One of the most important employers in Siilinjärvi is Siilinjärvi apatite mine owned by Yara International.[7] Another big employer is Lujabetoni.

The airport of Kuopio is located in the village of Rissala in Siilinjärvi. The airport is also the home of the Karelian Air Command and the 31st Squadron of the Finnish Air Force.

Siilinjärvi is the birthplace of politician and prime minister Jyrki Katainen.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Siilinjärvi is twinned with:


A panoramic view over Siilinjärvi town centre in winter.


  1. "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. "Suomen virallinen tilasto (SVT): Väestön ennakkotilasto [verkkojulkaisu]. Tammikuu 2019" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  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. Lakes of Siilinjärvi. Järviwiki Web Service. Retrieved 2014-03-16. (in English)
  7. "Yara kjøper gruveavfall – foredles til råstoff". Teknisk Ukeblad. Retrieved 2 September 2016.

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