Taivalkosken kunta

The childhood home of author Kalle Päätalo has become one of the most visited tourist attractions in Taivalkoski.

Coat of arms

Location of Taivalkoski in Finland
Coordinates: 65°34.5′N 028°14.5′E / 65.5750°N 28.2417°E / 65.5750; 28.2417Coordinates: 65°34.5′N 028°14.5′E / 65.5750°N 28.2417°E / 65.5750; 28.2417
Country Finland
Region Northern Ostrobothnia
Sub-region Koillismaa sub-region
Charter 1879
  Municipal manager Jukka Mikkonen
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
  Total 2,650.63 km2 (1,023.41 sq mi)
  Land 2,438.04 km2 (941.33 sq mi)
  Water 212.59 km2 (82.08 sq mi)
Area rank 26th largest in Finland
Population (2016-03-31)[2]
  Total 4,187
  Rank 206th largest in Finland
  Density 1.72/km2 (4.5/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
  Finnish 99% (official)
  Others 1%
Population by age[4]
  0 to 14 18.1%
  15 to 64 62.8%
  65 or older 19.1%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.75%
Website www.taivalkoski.fi

Taivalkoski is a municipality of Finland, it is located in the Province of Oulu and is part of the Northern Ostrobothnia region.

The municipality has a population of 4,187 (31 March 2016)[2] and covers an area of 2,650.63 square kilometres (1,023.41 sq mi) of which 212.59 km2 (82.08 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 1.72 inhabitants per square kilometre (4.5/sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish. Neighbour municipalities are Kuusamo, Posio, Pudasjärvi and Suomussalmi.

Taivalkoski was the home of famous writer Kalle Päätalo and TV-comedian Pekka Jalava. Also world champion ski jumper Tapio Räisänen and ice hockey-player Joni Pitkänen were born in Taivalkoski.

The Iijoki river runs through the centre of the village.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities


  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. "Väliskoostöö" (in Estonian). Illuka vald. Retrieved 21 March 2011.

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