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Lohjan kaupunki
Lojo stad
Coat of arms of Lohja
Location of Lohja in Finland
Location of Lohja in Finland
Coordinates: 60°15′N 024°04′E / 60.250°N 24.067°E / 60.250; 24.067
Country Finland
Sub-regionHelsinki sub-region (formerly Lohja sub-region)
City rights1969
 • City managerPasi Perämäki
 • Total1,109.73 km2 (428.47 sq mi)
 • Land940.16 km2 (363.00 sq mi)
 • Water91.78 km2 (35.44 sq mi)
 • Rank82nd largest in Finland
 • Total45,654
 • Rank25th largest in Finland
 • Density48.56/km2 (125.8/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish90.9% (official)
 • Swedish3.5% (official)
 • Others5.6%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1415.8%
 • 15 to 6459.5%
 • 65 or older24.7%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)

Lohja (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈlohjɑ]; Swedish: Lojo) is a town in Finland, located in the southern interior of the country. Lohja is situated in the western part of the Uusimaa region. The population of Lohja is approximately 46,000. It is the 25th most populous municipality in Finland. Lohja is part of the Helsinki sub-region, but not directly part of the Helsinki metropolitan area.

Lohja covers an area of 1,109.73 square kilometres (428.47 sq mi) of which 91.78 km2 (35.44 sq mi), or 8.3 percent, is water.[1] The population density of Lohja is 48.56 inhabitants per square kilometre (125.8/sq mi).

Lohja has the fourth most summer cottages of any municipality in Finland, with 8,468 in the city as of June 2018.[6] Lohja is close to the Helsinki metropolitan area and benefits from a good road network. It takes less than an hour to drive from Helsinki to Lohja on the E18 motorway, which, along with Hangonväylä, is one of Lohja's main road connections.

Lohja is a bilingual municipality with Finnish and Swedish as its official languages. The population consists of 91% Finnish speakers, 3% Swedish speakers, and 6% speakers of other languages. City's bilingual slogan is: JärvikaupunkiInsjöstaden which translates to "Lake city".[7]

The landscape of Lohja is characterized by manors and gardens. Its area is divided by the Lohja ridge, which forms a watershed for the largest lake system in Uusimaa, Lake Lohja (Lohjanjärvi); mostly that's why Lohja is also referred to as "Lake City" (järvikaupunki).[8] The medieval Church of St. Lawrence is the architectural highlight of downtown Lohja, which also includes a heterogeneous mix of buildings mostly dating from the 1960s onwards. The Lohja library, which was opened in 2005, is a distinctly modern building placed in the very centre of the city.[citation needed]

Lohja has been a focal point for the population and economy of western Uusimaa since the early 14th century. It was renowned as a trading centre in the Middle Ages.[citation needed] The local inhabitants were among the pioneers of the Finnish mining and construction material industries. Lohja has long-established traditions in horticulture and especially in market gardening. These traditions are represented by the symbols of present-day Lohja: limestone and an apple.[citation needed]



Pasi Perämäki is the city manager of Lohja. The city manager oversees the city committee.[9] In addition to the city committee, Lohja has a 51-seat municipal council. The parties represented in the council as well as their seat counts are listed below.

City Council of Lohja[10]
Party Seats
Social Democratic Party 11
National Coalition Party 10
Green League 7
Left Alliance 6
Finns Party 6
Centre Party 5
Meidän Lohja 3
Swedish People's Party 1
Christian Democrats 1
Haloo Lohja 1


2015 parliamentary election

Results of the 2015 parliamentary election in Lohja[11]
Party Vote share
Social Democratic Party 25,5%
Finns Party 22,9%
National Coalition Party 16,5%
Centre Party 12,9%
Green League 7,2%
Left Alliance 5,9%
Swedish People's Party 3,1%
Christian Democrats 3,1%
Change 2011 1,1%


Lohja is famed for its cultural events. More than a hundred different events are arranged in the city each year by its residents and organizations.[citation needed] The most notable are the Lohja Summer Cultural Festival, the Apple Carnival organized by representatives of business and commerce, the retailers' Hurlumhei Carnival and the Old Time Christmas market continue the tradition of fairs dating back to the Middle Ages.

The Doom Metal band Reverend Bizarre hails from Lohja.

Elias Lönnrot, who wrote the Kalevala, was both born and died in Sammatti,[12] which has been part of Lohja since 2009.[13]



Lohja Museum


Other places of interest

Limestone and cement factory in the Virkkala district, in March 2006


Lohjan Pallo is the football team of the city. Lohja also has a ice hockey team called Lohjan Jääankat.[14]

Kisakallio Sports Institute is located in Lohja.[15] Other important sports venues in the town are Neidonkeidas Indoor Swimming Pool[16] and Lohja Spa Resort in Karjalohja.[17]

Municipal consolidations

Lohja Town Hall

The municipality of Lohja was consolidated with the city of Lohja in 1997, and the municipality of Sammatti in 2009. The municipalities of Karjalohja and Nummi-Pusula were consolidated with Lohja in 2013.

List of municipal consolidations into Lohja
Municipality Year
Lohja (municipality) 1997
Sammatti 2009
Karjalohja 2013
Nummi-Pusula 2013

Local subdivisions

Saukkola in 2011
Nummi Church in the Nummi village
Pusula Church in the Pusula village

A significant part of the city of Lohja is not yet part of any district, since after the 1997 municipal association with the former rural municipality of Lohja.


The official city districts within the city proper of the municipality of Lohja are:[18][19][20]


The villages and hamlets of the municipality of Lohja are:[18][19]

Lohja rural





Twin towns

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Finland

Lohja is twinned with:[22]

See also

Districts of Lohja

Neighbourhooding municipalities


  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Immigration record high in Finland in 2023". StatFin. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 25 January 2024.
  3. ^ "Demographic Structure by area as of 31 December 2022". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  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. ^ "Kuopio on mökkipaikkakuntien ykkönen, mutta yhdessä Suomen kunnassa ei mökkeile kukaan – Hakukone kertoo, miten oman mökkikuntasi suosio on kehittynyt". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 23 June 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Lohjan Kaupunki". Lohja (in Finnish). Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  8. ^ Järvikaupunki Lohja yhdistää kaupunkielämän ja maaseudun rauhan (in Finnish)
  9. ^ "Kaupungin johtoryhmä". Lohja (in Finnish). Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Lohjan Kaupunki". Lohja (in Finnish). Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Kokeile HS:n vaalikoneella, kenen ehdokkaan arvomaailma on lähimpänä sinua". www.vaalikone.fi. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Elias Lönnrot – The Kalevala Society (Kalevalaseura)". Retrieved 18 August 2023.
  13. ^ Tuominen, Tiina (28 August 2007). "Sammatti hyväksyi liitoksen". Länsi-Uusimaa (in Finnish). No. 200. p. 3.
  14. ^ Ankat Online: Lohjan Jää-Ankat (in Finnish)
  15. ^ Paloheimo, Nina (20 December 2023). "Kisakallio pysyy Lohjan jäähallin tulevana paikkavaihtoehtona – seurat vierastavat ajatusta, vaakakupissa painavat eurot ja sijainti". Länsi-Uusimaa (in Finnish). Retrieved 27 February 2024.
  16. ^ "Etusivu". Virkistysuimala Neidonkeidas (in Finnish). Retrieved 27 February 2024.
  17. ^ "Lohja Spa & Resort | Lohja". www.lohjaspa.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 27 February 2024.
  18. ^ a b "Lohjan kaupunginosat ja kylät". Lohjan kaupunki. Archived from the original on 11 April 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  19. ^ a b "Lojo stadsdelar och byar". Lohjan kaupunki. Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Lojo stadsdelar och byar" (in Swedish). Lohjan kaupunki. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  21. ^ Luttula vesa.lib.helsinki.fi [dead link]
  22. ^ "Ystävyyskaupungit" (in Finnish). City of Lohja. Retrieved 23 August 2019.