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—  Municipality  —
Petäjäveden kunta
Petäjävesi Old Church

Coat of arms
Location of Petäjävesi in Finland
Coordinates: 62°15.5′N 025°11′E / 62.2583°N 25.183°E / 62.2583; 25.183Coordinates: 62°15.5′N 025°11′E / 62.2583°N 25.183°E / 62.2583; 25.183
Country Finland
Region Central Finland
Sub-region Jyväskylä sub-region
Charter 1868
 - Municipal manager Teppo Sirniö
Area (2009-01-01)[1]
 - Total 495.49 km2 (191.3 sq mi)
 - Land 456.53 km2 (176.3 sq mi)
 - Water 38.96 km2 (15 sq mi)
Area rank 236th largest in Finland
Population (2009-12-31)[2]
 - Total 3,979
 - Density 8.72/km2 (22.6/sq mi)
Population rank 224th largest in Finland
Population by native language [3]
 - Finnish 99.2% (official)
 - Swedish 0.1%
 - Others 0.7%
Population by age [4]
 - 0 to 14 18.2%
 - 15 to 64 62%
 - 65 or older 19.8%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20%

Petäjävesi is a municipality of Finland.

It is located in the province of Western Finland, next to Jyväskylä and is part of the Central Finland region. The municipality has a population of 3,979 (31 December 2009)[2] and covers an area of 495.49 square kilometres (191.31 sq mi) of which 38.96 km2 (15.04 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 8.72 inhabitants per square kilometre (22.6 /sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

The Petäjävesi Old Church is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Karikkoselkä impact crater is located southeast of the municipal centre.


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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Petäjävesi [1] is a small village in Central Finland. Its main claim to fame is its wooden church dating back to 1765, a World Heritage Site as an exemplary piece of Scandinavian wooden architecture.

Get in

The nearest major city is Jyväskylä. Petäjävesi is on the Haapamäki-Jyväskylä railway line, and also accessible by Matkahuolto buses.

Get around

Public transport is limited to a twice-daily bus, so it's best to bring your own wheels.

  • Old Church of Petäjävesi (Petäjäveden vanha kirkko) [2]. Open June-August only, unless prior reservations are made at least two days earlier (tel. 040-582 2461).
  • Karikkoselkä. A meteor impact crater, now a perfectly spherical lake.


There are several holiday cottages and farms offering lodging in the vicinity.

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