Tuusula (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈtuːsulɑ]; Swedish: Tusby [ˈtʉːsbyː]) is a municipality of Finland. It belongs to the Helsinki sub-region of the Uusimaa region. The municipality has a population of 38,609 (31 January 2019).[2]


Tuusulan kunta
Tusby kommun
The wooden church of Tuusula

Coat of arms
Location of Tuusula in Finland
Coordinates: 60°24′N 025°02′E
Country Finland
Sub-regionHelsinki sub-region
VillagesJokela, Kellokoski
  Municipal managerHannu Joensivu
  Total225.45 km2 (87.05 sq mi)
  Land219.51 km2 (84.75 sq mi)
  Water5.95 km2 (2.30 sq mi)
Area rank254th largest in Finland
63 m (207 ft)
  Rank29th largest in Finland
  Density175.89/km2 (455.6/sq mi)
Population by native language
  Finnish96.4% (official)
Population by age
  0 to 1422.2%
  15 to 6467.1%
  65 or older10.7%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Postal code
Municipal tax rate[5]18.25%
Unemployment rate5.6%


Tuusula, lying on the shores of Tuusulanjärvi lake, is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the Uusimaa region. It covers an area of 225.45 square kilometres (87.05 sq mi) of which 5.95 km2 (2.30 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 175.89 inhabitants per square kilometre (455.6/sq mi).

Tuusula has three population centres. The administrative centre is Hyrylä (about 19,500 residents), other two are Jokela (5,300 residents) and Kellokoski (4,300 residents). The remaining 4,400 residents are distributed to the rural areas outside of municipal centres.[6] The most significant main road connection between Hyrylä and Helsinki is the Tuusulanväylä motorway.

The neighbouring communes are Vantaa to the south, Nurmijärvi to the west, Hyvinkää to the north, Mäntsälä and Järvenpää to the north east, and Sipoo and Kerava to the east.


Huikko, Hyrylä, Jokela, Jäniksenlinna, Kellokoski, Lahela, Myllykylä, Nahkela, Paijala, Riihikallio, Ruotsinkylä, Ruskela, Rusutjärvi, Savikulma, Siippoo, Vanhakylä


The area in what is now Tuusula was located in the larger municipality of Sipoo. In 1643, it became a separate parish in the municipality, and in 1653, it became a separate municipality. Tuusula's boundaries have not always remained the same: in 1924 the municipality of Kerava split from here; in 1950 the municipality of Korso was split between Tuusula, Kerava, and Sipoo; and in 1951 the municipality of Järvenpää split from here.

During the Crimean War (1853–1856), a Russian garrison was stationed in what is now Hyrylä. The modern parish mostly developed around it.

The area had always been a fairly fertile area, thus encouraging farming. The development of other industries began in 1795, when an ironworks was created in Kellokoski that functioned until the 1980s. The establishment of a railway in Jokela furthered the growth.

Soon after this industrial time another aspect of Tuusulan history was realised. The Tuusulanjärvi lake attracted many artists who wanted to paint the beautiful landscape. Following the footsteps of Aleksis Kivi, the Finnish national poet who spent the last years of his life in a hut on the shores of the lake, Jean Sibelius, Juhani Aho, and Pekka Halonen even established their main residences here. Recently these houses have become tourist sites, especially Sibelius' house Ainola. Also, Tuusula Lake Road on the eastern shore of the lake is an outside museum.

The Jokela rail crash was a rail crash which occurred on 21 April 1996 here.

Jokela High School was the site of the Jokela school shooting, a school shooting which occurred on 7 November 2007, leaving 9 dead (including the 18-year-old perpetrator, Pekka-Eric Auvinen).[7][8]

Notable people


Tuusula, in the Helsinki suburbs, has been in a positive balance of population, with it more than doubling in size since 1970.

The municipality is officially Finnish. Swedish was the second official language until 1943. Today only 2% are Swedish-speaking.

Population in:

  • 1970 – 17.235
  • 1980 – 22.151
  • 1987 – 26.234
  • 1990 – 27.328
  • 1997 – 29.957
  • 2000 – 31.957
  • 2007 – 34.890


Parliamentary elections

Results[9] of the 2019 Finnish parliamentary election in Tuusula:

Municipal Council

Composition of the Municipal Council (2005–2008) [10]
PartyPercent of the councilSeats
National Coalition Party26.2%14
Tuusulan Puolesta (Eng. "For Tuusula")25.2%14
Social Democratic Party of Finland25.1%13
Centre Party11.6%5
Christian Democrats3.2%2
Left Alliance3.5%1
Green League3.5%1
Swedish People's Party1.1%1

Twin towns – Sister cities

Tuusula is twinned with:

Economy and Infrastructure


Due its proximity to the Helsinki, Tuusula is, for the most part, a commuter town. Tuusula itself has around 10,000 jobs. 66% of the jobs are in the service sector, 31% in the workforce, and 1.5% are farmers. The unemployment rate amounted to 3% (2007), far below the national average.


From the centre of Tuusula, Hyrylä, there are good bus connections to Helsinki, via the Tuusula motorway. There are also two train stations in the main railway line of Finland, Jokela and Nuppulinna. Nuppulinna, however, was discontinued in 2016.


Tuusula's network of schools include:

  • 18 primary schools
  • 4 secondary schools
  • 3 high schools
  • 1 hospital school

See also


  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. Tuusulassa on kolme keskusta ja niitä ympäröivät maaseutualueet Archived 2007-11-07 at the Wayback Machine (in Finnish)
  7. "Teen gunman dead from critical injuries who opened fire on Finnish classmates". CNN. 2007-11-07. Archived from the original on 2007-11-09. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
  8. "Fatal shooting at Finnish school". BBC News. 2007-11-07. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
  9. "Tulospalvelu: Eduskuntavaalit 2019 - Tuusula". Keski-Uuusimaa. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  10. 2004 election results
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