name = Kuopio
settlement_type = City
image_caption = Central Kuopio from the Puijo tower
image_shield = Kuopio.vaakuna.svg
dot_x = |dot_y =
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_type2 = Region
established_title = Settled
area_total_km2 = 1730
population_total = 91000
population_density_km2 = auto
timezone = EET
utc_offset = +2
timezone_DST = EEST
utc_offset_DST = +3
latd=62 |latm=53 |lats=33 |latNS=N
longd=27 |longm=40 |longs=42 |longEW=E
postal_code = FI-70100
website = http://www.kuopio.fi
Kuopio is a Finnish
cityand municipalitylocated in the province of Eastern Finlandand the region of Northern Savonia. A population of 91,000 makes it the eighth biggest city in the country. The city has a total area of 1,730 km², of which 805 km² is water and half forest. The population densityis only 52 inhabitants/km², but the center of the city is populated very densely, even comparable to the Helsinkimetropolitan area. The population of the entire Kuopio region is 119,472 (source: "Kuopion Kaupunkilehti", 19 March 2008, bottom of page 4).
Kuopio was founded in
1653by Governor Peter Brahe, but the official date is recognized as November 17, 1775, when King Gustav III of Swedenordered the establishment of the city of Kuopio. The municipality of Vehmersalmijoined the city of Kuopio on January 1, 2005like the municipality of Kuopion maalaiskuntain 1969and the municipality of Riistavesiin 1973.
The city is surrounded by lake
Kallavesi, and several parts of it are built on islands. Kuopio is known for its association with a national delicacy, Finnish fish pastry ( Kalakukko), and the dialect of Savo, as well as the hill of Puijoand the Puijo tower. Besides being a very popular outdoor recreation area, Puijo serves also as a stage for a yearly World Cup ski jumping competition.
Transport connections to Kuopio include
Pendolinotrains and air service from Finnairand Blue1.
Education and business
Kuopio has always been a school town. Some of the first schools offering education in Finnish (such as the School for the Blind in 1871, and the Trade School in 1887) were established in Kuopio. Currently the most important institutions are the
University of Kuopio, the Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Vocational College of Northern Savonia and the Kuopio department of the Sibelius Academy.
Kuopio is known as a strong center of health (it has the biggest yearly enrollment rate of medical students in Finland), pharmacy, environment, food & nutrition (all legalized Clinical and Public Health Nutritionists in Finland graduate from the University of Kuopio), safety (education in Emergency Services is centered in Kuopio [http://www.pelastusopisto.fi] ) and welfare professions, as the major organisations University of Kuopio, Savonia University of Applied Sciences and Technology Centre Teknia are particularly oriented to those areas.There are about 3,800 enterprises in Kuopio, of which approximately 150 are export companies. These provide nearly 40,000 jobs. [http://www.investinkuopio.fi/business.html] As of
January 1 2006, the biggest employers of the city were:
*Town of Kuopio (5 977 employees),
Kuopio University Hospital(KUH; in Finnish KYS) (4 166),
University of Kuopio(1 595),
Savo Consortium for Education(636),
Finland Post Group(527),
*ISS (478) and
People and culture
Kuopio is known as the cultural center of Eastern Finland. A wide range of musical (from kindergarten to doctorate-level studies) and dance education is available and the cultural life is active. Notable events include
ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival, [http://www.kuopiodancefestival.fi Kuopio Dance Festival] , [http://www.kuopiorock.com Kuopio Rockcock] , [http://www.kuopiowinefestival.com Kuopio Wine Festival] and [http://www.finlandicemarathon.net/ Finland Ice Marathon] . In Finland the inhabitants of Kuopio have a special reputation: they are known as jovial, verbally joking and lacking self-irony. People of Kuopio region and Eastern Finland have always had many health problems and the mortality has been higher than on an average in Finland. Because of this, Eastern Finland has been a sweetspot for Public Health studies. "The North Karelia Project" by the University of Kuopioin the 1970s was one of its first steps towards world class research.
During the 2000s, Kuopio has placed very well in a number image, popularity and city-attractiveness surveys. In 2007 it was placed third, behind
Kuopio is the seat of the Finnish Orthodox Church. This is an autonomous cell within the autocephalous jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. It is the only mainstream Orthodox faction to celebrate Easter on the Latin date. The late Archbishop Paul had been successful in producing literature of popular theology.
Janne Tolsaaka. ( RunQ)
* Pertti "Spede" Pasanen
Tuomo Saikkonen- musician
Johan Vilhelm Snellman
* Brothers von Wright, Magnus, Wilhelm and Ferdinand
Sports in Kuopio
Kuopio is bidding for the
2012 Winter Youth Olympics.
KalPa( ice hockey)
* Puijon Hiihtoseura (
skiing, ski jumping, nordic combined, biathlon)
* Puijon Pesis (
* [http://www.finlandicemarathon.net/ Finland Ice Marathon]
* [http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuopio_Steelers Kuopio Steelers] (
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"Kuopio" is one of the few words that is typed entirely with the right hand on the
QWERTYkeyboard, but entirely with the left hand on the Dvorak keyboardlayout.
* [http://www.kuopio.fi/englishhome.nsf Kuopio] - Official site of city's government fi icon swe icon en icon de icon
* [http://www.kuopioinfo.fi KuopioInfo] - Various resources about different areas of interest related to Kuopio History and Life fi icon en icon de icon ru icon zh icon
* [http://www.savonia-amk.fi/eng/ Savonia University of Applied Sciences] en icon
* [http://www.uku.fi/english/ University of Kuopio] en icon
* [http://www.teknia.fi/ Technology Centre Teknia Ltd.] fi icon en icon zh icon
* [http://www.investinkuopio.fi Invest in Kuopio -factsheet] en icon
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=62.896729,27.610016&spn=0.151270,0.468361&t=k&hl=en Satellite picture by Google Maps]
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