Pihtiputaan kunta

Pihtipudas Church

Coat of arms

Location of Pihtipudas in Finland
Coordinates: 63°22′N 025°34.5′E / 63.367°N 25.5750°E / 63.367; 25.5750Coordinates: 63°22′N 025°34.5′E / 63.367°N 25.5750°E / 63.367; 25.5750
Country Finland
Region Central Finland
Sub-region Saarijärvi–Viitasaari sub-region
  Municipal manager Ari Kinnunen
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
  Total 1,247.47 km2 (481.65 sq mi)
  Land 1,074.76 km2 (414.97 sq mi)
  Water 172.71 km2 (66.68 sq mi)
Area rank 88th largest in Finland
Population (2016-03-31)[2]
  Total 4,210
  Rank 204th largest in Finland
  Density 3.92/km2 (10.2/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
  Finnish 99.4% (official)
  Others 0.6%
Population by age[4]
  0 to 14 17.4%
  15 to 64 59.4%
  65 or older 23.3%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.5%
Website www.pihtipudas.fi

Pihtipudas is a municipality of Finland.

It is located in northern Central Finland along the highway 4 (E75), about 140 kilometres (90 mi) north of Jyväskylä in the province of Western Finland. The municipality has a population of 4,210 (31 March 2016)[2] and covers an area of 1,247.47 square kilometres (481.65 sq mi) of which 172.71 km2 (66.68 sq mi) is water.[1] There are all together 140 lakes in Pihtipudas. Biggest lakes are Alvajärvi, Muurasjärvi and Saanijärvi.[6] The population density is 3.92 inhabitants per square kilometre (10.2/sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Pihtipudas is perhaps best known for the annual javelin carnival and Lauri "Tahko" Pihkala, the father of Finnish baseball. Putaanportti area offers plenty of services for travellers. Fish Art is a sales exhibition of taxidermic (mounted fish) – unique in Finland. Close to the service station there are shops – in a way factory outlets – specialised in sweets, leather bags and pottery products. Other tourist services are found in the central village and lakeside areas.


The scenery and history of Pihtipudas are easy to be found hand in hand on the bridge of Heinäjoki. Local museum and the church are next to each other in the center of Pihtipudas. Places worth mentioning are also Niemenharju area with well-known dancing place, an old demarcation Rillankivi and lake Alvajärvi area.

Buildings and Structures

Twin towns


  1. 1 2 "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  2. 1 2 "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, maaliskuu.2016" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  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. "Pihtipudas)". Järviwiki. Finland's Environmental Administration. 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  7. "Ystäväkuntalista" (PDF) (in Finnish). Pohjola-Norden. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  8. "Vennskapskommune samarbeide i Norden" (in Icelandic). Borgarbyggð Municipality. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  9. "Ystäväkuntalista" (PDF) (in Finnish). Pohjola-Norden. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  10. "Ystäväkuntalista" (PDF) (in Finnish). Pohjola-Norden. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  11. "Ystäväkuntalista" (PDF) (in Finnish). Pohjola-Norden. Retrieved 7 May 2012.

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