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Coordinates: 60°55′N 024°39′E / 60.917°N 24.650°E / 60.917; 24.650
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Janakkalan kunta
Janakkala kommun
Church of Saint Lawrence in Janakkala
Church of Saint Lawrence in Janakkala
Coat of arms of Janakkala
Location of Janakkala in Finland
Location of Janakkala in Finland
Coordinates: 60°55′N 024°39′E / 60.917°N 24.650°E / 60.917; 24.650
Country Finland
RegionTavastia Proper
Sub-regionHämeenlinna sub-region
 • Municipality managerReijo Siltala
 • Total586.07 km2 (226.28 sq mi)
 • Land547.41 km2 (211.36 sq mi)
 • Water38.63 km2 (14.92 sq mi)
 • Rank156th largest in Finland
 • Total16,123
 • Rank69th largest in Finland
 • Density29.45/km2 (76.3/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish95.8% (official)
 • Swedish0.4%
 • Others3.8%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1416.2%
 • 15 to 6459%
 • 65 or older24.8%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)

Janakkala (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈjɑnɑˌkːɑlɑ]) is a municipality of Finland. Its administrative centre is in Turenki, which is often erroneously shown on maps as being "Janakkala". Janakkala is located along Highway 3 (E12) in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the Tavastia Proper region. To the south, Janakkala shares a boundary with Riihimäki, the Northern neighbour being Hämeenlinna. It is 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Turenki to Hämeenlinna, 94 kilometres (58 mi) to Tampere, and 96 kilometres (60 mi) to Helsinki.

The municipality has a population of 16,123 (31 December 2023)[2] and covers an area of 586.07 square kilometres (226.28 sq mi) of which 38.63 km2 (14.92 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 29.45 inhabitants per square kilometre (76.3/sq mi). In Janakkala the rate of unemployment is 9.7% and the rate of municipal taxes is [4]%.[4] The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Services and sights[edit]

Janakkala Library in Turenki

A paper mill is located in Tervakoski, the second-largest village in the municipality. A well-known and popular amusement park Puuhamaa is also located in Tervakoski.[5] Other sites of particular interest include the Hakoinen fortress hill and manor house, the latter being privately owned; the mediaeval stone church of St Lauri (Lawrence); the Torpparimuseo (authentic wooden village buildings and windmill); and numerous Bronze Age sacrifice stones, all in Janakkala village. The birthplace of an internationally known actress Ida Aalberg (1857-1915) is located in Leppäkoski village in Janakkala.


The coat of arms of Janakkala, a head of Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), the regional animal of Tavastia Proper, describes Janakkala's location in the heart of Tavastia. An aisle line of partition is a reference to Hakoinen Castle into the mountain, and the upper two arrows encircling the cross, symbol of Christianity, the image of the Crusades battles.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Population growth biggest in nearly 70 years". Population structure. Statistics Finland. 26 April 2024. ISSN 1797-5395. Retrieved 29 April 2024.
  3. ^ "Population according to age (1-year) and sex by area and the regional division of each statistical reference year, 2003–2020". StatFin. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d "Luettelo kuntien ja seurakuntien tuloveroprosenteista vuonna 2023". Tax Administration of Finland. 14 November 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2023.
  5. ^ "Puuhamaa avataan tänään, vesipuisto vasta kesäkuussa". Hämeen Sanomat (in Finnish). 26 May 2006. Archived from the original on 16 March 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  6. ^ Suomen kunnallisvaakunat (in Finnish). Suomen Kunnallisliitto. 1982. ISBN 951-773-085-3.
  7. ^ "Kuntaesittely" (in Finnish). Municipality of Janakkala. Archived from the original on 26 June 2008. Retrieved 9 March 2021.

External links[edit]

Media related to Janakkala at Wikimedia Commons