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Sonkajärvi Municipality

Sonkajärvi is a characteristic municipality in the countryside of Upper Savonia. Even though surrounded by nature, Sonkajärvi has good traffic connections to both north to Kajaani and to south to Iisalmi and Kuopio. The main objective is to make Sonkajärvi a good place for living and a nice holiday resort. The municipality aims to support creativity and the spirit of enterprise in every way possible in order to further strengthen the inherent assets of Sonkajärvi.  

The wide forests and numerous lakes and rapids of Sonkajärvi are only a fraction of the appeal of the municipality: The Wife Carrying World Championships are known around the world. The chamber music festival Sonkajärvi Soi is one of the foremost in the region. The International Bottle Museum gives a unique insight into the cultural history of Finland and the world. The Jyrkkäkoski Ironworks is an integral part of the history of the area and the industrial history of Finland. There is no lack of activities in Sonkajärvi!

Strategy 2017-2021 

We want to be a lifefull and safe place for people and companies. Sonkajarvi is a good place to live and work. We want to invest housing and develop business opportunities. The municipality aims to support creativity and the spirit of enterprise in every way possible in order to further strengthen the inherent assets of Sonkajarvi. We offer opportunity to live at lively and safe countryside, next to good services. We want to offer good communal services at both city centres Sonkajarvi and Sukeva.

 

Tourism in Sonkajärvi

Wife Carrying World Championships, the prime asset and visiting card of Sonkajärvi takes place annually in early July.

Volokinpolku, a nature trail that runs through the diverse and varying nature and landscapesof Jyrkkä, is an ideal destination for those seeking breathtaking landscapes and a touch of wild nature.

Jyrkkä, a part of the industrial history of Finland. Jyrkkä Ironworks is a fascinating sight that combines modern culture and architecture with the history of Jyrkkä and Sonkajärvi.