Riihimäki railway station
Location of Riihimäki in Finland
|o City manager||Seppo Keskiruokanen|
|o Total||125.56 km2 (48.48 sq mi)|
|o Land||121.02 km2 (46.73 sq mi)|
|o Water||4.54 km2 (1.75 sq mi)|
|Area rank||290th largest in Finland|
|o Rank||37th largest in Finland|
|o Density||237.41/km2 (614.9/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|o Finnish||97% (official)|
|Population by age|
|o 0 to 14||17.2%|
|o 15 to 64||66.8%|
|o 65 or older||16%|
|Time zone||UTC+02:00 (EET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+03:00 (EEST)|
|Municipal tax rate||19.75%|
Riihimäki (literally "Drying barn hill") is a town and municipality in the south of Finland, about 69 kilometres (43 mi) north of Helsinki and 109 kilometres (68 miles) southeast of Tampere. An important railway junction is located in Riihimäki, railway tracks go to Helsinki, Tampere and Lahti from there. Würth Oy has its Finnish Headquarters and logistics center in Riihimäki. Valio has a major dairy in Herajoki part of Riihimäki. The famous Sako rifles are produced in Riihimäki.
Finland's 2nd highest flagpole is located in Riihimäki.
The town is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the Tavastia Proper region. The town has a population of 28,731 (31 January 2019) and covers an area of 125.56 square kilometres (48.48 sq mi) of which 4.54 km2 (1.75 sq mi) is water. The population density is 237.41 inhabitants per square kilometre (614.9/sq mi). The municipality is unilingually Finnish.
Riihimäki was established around the Riihimäki railway station by the Helsinki-Riihimäki railway, and is one of the original stations on Finland's first railway between Helsinki and Hämeenlinna, which opened in 1862. It became the first railway junction in Finland when the Riihimäki - Saint Petersburg track's first section from Riihimäki to Lahti was opened in 1869. In 1907-1952 a narrow-gauge railway also operated between Riihimäki and Loppi. Today, the quickest way to travel between Riihimäki and Loppi is by car along the national road 54, which runs between Tammela and Hollola.
In 1910, a cavalry regiment was also established in the city.
In 1922, Riihimäki separated from Hausjärvi and became an independent market-town. Riihimäki got its city rights in 1960. It was home to the reputed Riihimäki Glass company that remained in business from 1910 through 1990.
The Finnish Glass Museum with its permanent display created by famous designer Tapio Wirkkala was opened in 1981.
Riihimäki is twinned with:
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