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Laihian kunta
Laihela kommun
Coat of arms of Laihia
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; 22.0083
Country Finland
Sub-regionVaasa sub-region
 • Municipal managerJuha Rikala
 • Total508.44 km2 (196.31 sq mi)
 • Land505.16 km2 (195.04 sq mi)
 • Water4.14 km2 (1.60 sq mi)
 • Rank172nd largest in Finland
 • Total8,020
 • Rank124th largest in Finland
 • Density15.21/km2 (39.4/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish97.1% (official)
 • Swedish1.1%
 • Others1.8%
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)

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 8,020 (Jul 31, 2020) 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 15.21 inhabitants per square kilometre (39.4/sq mi). Laihia consists of 37 villages.

Laihia is within the economical region of the neighbouring city Vaasa. The municipality is unilingually Finnish. Only 84 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


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


The private coach company OnniBus route Helsinki—Seinäjoki—Vaasa has a stop at Laihia.


  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Population growth biggest in nearly 70 years". Population structure. Statistics Finland. 26 April 2024. ISSN 1797-5395. Retrieved 29 April 2024.
  3. ^ "Population growth biggest in nearly 70 years". Population structure. Statistics Finland. 26 April 2024. ISSN 1797-5395. Retrieved 29 April 2024.
  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. ^ a b "Luettelo kuntien ja seurakuntien tuloveroprosenteista vuonna 2023". Tax Administration of Finland. 14 November 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2023.
  6. ^ "Laihia Municipality in Finland / Further information about the population structure". citypopulation.de. 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Laihian kunta". Archived from the original on 14 September 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  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

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