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Lohjan kaupunki
Lojo stad
Lohjan ydinkeskusta 2020-06-29.jpg
Coat of arms of Lohja
Järvikaupunki - Insjöstaden
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; 24.067Coordinates: 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 managerMika Sivula
 • Total1,109.73 km2 (428.47 sq mi)
 • Land349.41 km2 (134.91 sq mi)
 • Water91.78 km2 (35.44 sq mi)
 • Rank82nd largest in Finland
 • Total45,995
 • Rank24th largest in Finland
 • Density131.64/km2 (340.9/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish93.6% (official)
 • Swedish4%
 • Others2.4%
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)
Municipal tax rate[5]20.50%

Lohja (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈlohjɑ]; Swedish: Lojo) is a city and municipality in the Uusimaa region of Finland. The city has a population of 47,518 (2017),[2] and it 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 131.64 inhabitants per square kilometre (340.9/sq mi). The municipality is bilingual, with the majority being Finnish and minority Swedish speakers.[3] Lohja has the fourth-most summer houses of any municipality in Finland, with 8,468 located within the city as of June 2018.[6] Lohja is located near Greater Helsinki, and it benefits from a good road network. It takes less than an hour to drive from Helsinki to Lohja on the E18 motorway, which is one of the most significant main road connections in Lohja next to Hangonväylä.

City's bilingual slogan is: Järvikaupunki - Insjöstaden 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]

During the Second World War, the Soviet Union heavily bombed the city, attempting to destroy the Tytyri limestone mine.[citation needed]



Mika Sivula 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]


The Church of St. Lawrence in Lohja
The Church of St. Lawrence in Lohja
Limestone and cement factory in the Virkkala district, in March 2006
Limestone and cement factory in the Virkkala district, in March 2006

One unique experience is the Tytyri limestone mine, which has a museum located 100 metres under ground. This attraction and exhibitions can be reached using either an old mine wagon or a modern lift.[14] Other places of note are:


Lohjan Pallo is the football team of the city. Lohja also has a ice hockey team called Lohjan Jääankat.[15]

Municipal consolidations

Lohja Town Hall
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
Saukkola in 2011
Nummi Church in the Nummi village
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:[16][17][18]


The villages and hamlets of the municipality of Lohja are:[16][17]

Lohja rural




Twin towns

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

Lohja is twinned with:[20]

See also

Districts of Lohja

Neighbourhoding municipalities


  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*-2021M12*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  3. ^ a b "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. ^ "Kuopio on mökkipaikkakuntien ykkönen, mutta yhdessä Suomen kunnassa ei mökkeile kukaan – Hakukone kertoo, miten oman mökkikuntasi suosio on kehittynyt". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 2018-06-23. Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  7. ^ "Lohjan Kaupunki". Lohja (in Finnish). Retrieved 2021-04-26.
  8. ^ Järvikaupunki Lohja yhdistää kaupunkielämän ja maaseudun rauhan (in Finnish)
  9. ^ "Kaupungin johtoryhmä". Lohja (in Finnish). Retrieved 2020-12-25.
  10. ^ "Lohjan Kaupunki". Lohja (in Finnish). Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  11. ^ "Kokeile HS:n vaalikoneella, kenen ehdokkaan arvomaailma on lähimpänä sinua". Retrieved 2018-06-20.
  12. ^ Elias Lönnrot – The Kalevala Society (Kalevalaseura)
  13. ^ Tuominen, Tiina (August 28, 2007). "Sammatti hyväksyi liitoksen". Länsi-Uusimaa (in Finnish). No. 200. p. 3.
  14. ^ "Tytyri Mine Museum". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2008-07-12.
  15. ^ Ankat Online: Lohjan Jää-Ankat (in Finnish)
  16. ^ a b "Lohjan kaupunginosat ja kylät". Lohjan kaupunki. Archived from the original on 2016-04-11. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  17. ^ a b "Lojo stadsdelar och byar". Lohjan kaupunki. Archived from the original on 2016-04-14. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  18. ^ "Lojo stadsdelar och byar" (in Swedish). Lohjan kaupunki. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  19. ^
  20. ^ "Ystävyyskaupungit" (in Finnish). City of Lohja. Retrieved 23 August 2019.