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Laihian kunta
Laihela kommun
Coat of arms of Laihia
Coat of arms
Location of Laihia in Finland
Location of Laihia in Finland
Coordinates: 62°58.5′N 022°00.5′E / 62.9750°N 22.0083°E / 62.9750; 22.0083Coordinates: 62°58.5′N 022°00.5′E / 62.9750°N 22.0083°E / 62.9750; 22.0083
Country Finland
Sub-regionKyrönmaa sub-region
 • Municipal managerJuha Rikala
 • Total508.44 km2 (196.31 sq mi)
 • Land504.24 km2 (194.69 sq mi)
 • Water4.14 km2 (1.60 sq mi)
Area rank172nd largest in Finland
 • Total7,985
 • Rank124th largest in Finland
 • Density15.84/km2 (41.0/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish98.3% (official)
 • Swedish1%
 • Others0.6%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1419.8%
 • 15 to 6456.7%
 • 65 or older23.5%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]21.75%

Laihia (Swedish: Laihela) is a municipality of Finland, founded in 1576 through a separation from Isokyrö and Korsholm.

It is located in the Ostrobothnia region. The municipality has a population of 7,985 (31 March 2021)[2] and covers an area of 508.44 square kilometres (196.31 sq mi) of which 4.14 km2 (1.60 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 15.84 inhabitants per square kilometre (41.0/sq mi). Laihia consists of 37 villages.

Laihia is within the economical region of the neighbouring city Vaasa. The municipality is unilingually Finnish. Only 79 people speak Swedish as a native language. Most inhabitants speak Finnish or a dialect typical of this region.[6] The municipal manager is Juha Rikala. There are a total of 469 farms in the municipality.[citation needed].

Laihia is located along the international tourist route Blue Highway, which goes from Norway to Russia via Sweden and Finland.


In Finland, Laihians are renowned for their stinginess (Finnish: nuukuus, saituus, itaruus, piheys or kitsaus) and there are hundreds of jokes told about them. However, Laihians are not usually offended by it. To the contrary, they are proud of their frugality and even have a Museum of Stinginess (Nuukuuren museo).[7] In any case, Laihia has high-level public services for education, health, sports, seniors etc.

Notable people[edit]


The most common surnames in Laihia and their frequencies as of 2014:[9]


  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Preliminary population structure by area, 2021M01*-2021M03*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  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 (1-year) and sex by area and the regional division of each statistical reference year, 2003-2020". StatFin. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  5. ^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2021" (PDF). Tax Administration of Finland. 1 December 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Laihia Municipality in Finland / Further information about the population structure". 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 September 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Jokelainen, Jarkko (6 July 2016). "Amerikkalaisyhtye Blink-182:n riveissä on pohjalaisverta – "Toivon todella, että esiinnymme Suomessa ensi kesänä"". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Sanoma. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  9. ^ Most common surnames in Laihia

External links[edit]

Media related to Laihia at Wikimedia Commons