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—  Town  —
Saarijärven kaupunki
Church of Saarijärvi

Coat of arms
Location of Saarijärvi in Finland
Coordinates: 62°42.3′N 025°15.5′E / 62.705°N 25.2583°E / 62.705; 25.2583Coordinates: 62°42.3′N 025°15.5′E / 62.705°N 25.2583°E / 62.705; 25.2583
Country Finland
Region Central Finland
Sub-region Saarijärvi–Viitasaari sub-region
Charter 1866
City rights 1986
 - Town manager Janne Kinnunen
Area (2009-01-01)[1]
 - Total 1,422.88 km2 (549.4 sq mi)
 - Land 1,252.24 km2 (483.5 sq mi)
 - Water 170.64 km2 (65.9 sq mi)
Area rank 71st largest in Finland
Population (2009-12-31)[2]
 - Total 10,671
 - Density 8.52/km2 (22.1/sq mi)
Population rank 97th largest in Finland
Population by native language [3]
 - Finnish 99.4% (official)
 - Others 0.6%
Population by age [4]
 - 0 to 14 15.7%
 - 15 to 64 61.4%
 - 65 or older 23%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.75%

Saarijärvi is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Central Finland region. The municipality has a population of 10,671 (31 December 2009)[2] and covers an area of 1,422.88 square kilometres (549.38 sq mi) of which 170.64 km2 (65.88 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 8.52 inhabitants per square kilometre (22.1 /sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish. The neighboring municipality of Pylkönmäki was consolidated to Saarijärvi on 1 January 2009.

Saarijärvi is the home of Bonden Paavo (Finnish: Saarijärven Paavo) in the poem by Johan Ludvig Runeberg. Juho Hyytiäinen, the great grandfather of Pamela Anderson left the village in 1908 emigrating to the American continent.


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