Akaan kaupunki
PL 34, 37801 Akaa
Puh. (03) 569 1120
akaan.kaupunki@akaa.fi

In English

City of Akaa was founded in 2007 when the city of Toijala and the town of Viiala merged to become one city. It is new as a city but has a long tradition as a community. The cities of Toijala and Viiala share a largely common history. Communities have been united and divided in this region several times in the past. Since the strengths and challenges of these two cities were very similar, they decided to merge and continue as one new city. Kylmäkoski merged to become part of Akaa in 2011.

Akaa is a comfortable hometown for people of all ages and a great place to raise a family. The suitable size of the city makes it functional with a safe environment.

Excellent traffic connections are one of our strengths. There are railway stations both in Toijala and Viiala, and the motorway is located comfortably near both centres. Tampere and Hämeenlinna are only twenty minutes away, and it only takes 1.5 hours to Helsinki and to Turku.

Our main housing areas are concentrated around the three centres. Our cosy residential areas consist mainly of single family homes and are located close to both nature and urban services. Apartment buildings and row houses in various parts of the city add housing options for our residents.

Tarpia River with its Haihunkoski Rapids in Viiala and Lake Nahkiala with its surrounding parks in Toijala give life to our centres.


A city of possibilities


In recent years a lot of work has been put into developing the centres of Akaa into functional and attractive entities. Supermarkets, specialist shops and various services bring comfort and ease into daily life.

New homes are rising rapidly in Akaa. City planning has created new housing areas in environmentally varied areas around the city. Home builders can choose from several options for various kinds of construction. You can find a place to build a house in cosy field areas or in a leafy forest. Our plots are large and prices reasonable. In our growing city there is plenty of space to live.

In addition to our own services, the services of Tampere and the Ideapark shopping centre are located at a comfortable distance.


Services for children


Most of our new residents are families with children. In the past few years we have paid special attention to developing children’s services. In addition to day care centres, we provide day care in family day care homes and group family day care. These alternatives ensure that families in Akaa can find the day care solutions to suit their varying needs.

There are nine elementary schools in Akaa. The schools are small enough for young pupils and located at a comfortable distance from any part of the city. After finishing elementary school, pupils continue to one of our two schools for grades 7-9 and then to one of the two upper secondary schools located in the centre of the city. There are plenty of youth activities available in our youth centres.


Leisure options


Akaa boasts a host of leisure activities. In addition to reading rooms and loan services, our three libraries provide Internet connections, various changing exhibitions and cultural events. A wide range of courses is available at the Akaa lifelong learning centre.

Our town has an active cultural life and there are several lively associations involved in making art and producing events that inspire Akaa residents of all ages to participate.

There are also plenty of possibilities to do sports. Our sports fields, jogging paths and indoor sports facilities are used by everyone, whether competing athletes, keep-fit enthusiasts or sport beginners. Our various sports teams welcome you to join, and our active sports clubs offer a wide range of sports to choose from.

You are of course welcome to exercise for fun and to enjoy our beautiful natural surroundings. The shores of Lake Vanajavesi are inviting in summer, and our nature paths make it easy for you to admire the environment.


A Sweet City

Known for its active people and millions of nectar pollinators, Sweet Akaa is a forerunner in city apiaries. As the Honey Capital, Akaa is officially Finland's number one for honey production and for the city bees' home base.

The popular city apiary adds to nature's diversity as well as improves the quality of, and increases the size of, the harvest in the whole area.

Akaa started a planned city apiary in 2009. The working beekeepers in the city have placed the apiaries so that the bee's pollination areas cover all three population centers. At the moment over 20 million bees live in 36 apiaries. A corresponding scale of city bee apiaries has not, as far as is known, been carried out elsewhere in the whole of Europe.


Key location for business


Our town has a solid industrial base. A diverse business life has grown from strong tradition, a favourable location and excellent traffic connections. We have expertise in many fields. Several companies in Akaa specialize in serving the needs of industry. In addition to a few spearhead companies dealing mainly in exporting, there are several smaller engineering workshops and production plants for various industries.

The new Akaa Business-Konho industrial area will further enhance the diversity of industrial life in Akaa. Situated between the population centres of Toijala and Viiala, Business-Konho offers an excellent logistical location.

In addition to industrial activities, the city plan for the area allows possibilities for various kinds of businesses, offices and warehousing. Parts of the area have also been reserved for housing and related services and recreational areas.

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Akaa Church

Akaa’s culturally and historically valuable wooden church was built during 1816-1817. The west tower’s cruciform church was designed by the renowned Carlo Bassi. The church’s tower was heightened in 1888 and at the same time the church received decorative molding typical of that period. Old churchly items are kept in a room beside the vestibule of the present church. The church’s museum is open on weekdays from noon until 2 p.m. during June through August. Groups may visit by agreement at other times. The sexton, Markku Laaksonen, may be reached by phone at 040 725 7412.

 

Toijala’s Market

There are market days on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the summer the market is filled with a cheerful bustle when Toijala’s Fair brings together thousands of people from June 6th to 7th, 2014. Akaa’s plentiful honey crop is enjoyed during the Honey Festival on Saturday August 30th, 2014.

 

The Stone Sacristy and the Old Cemetery
Akaa’s stone sacristy was probably built at the beginning of the 1500’s in connection with the wooden church. The northern end’s tile decoration has influences from styles of the Satakunta area as well as the Häme area. The sacristy’s interior includes a tiled cross-vault. By finds in the Iron Age graves surrounding the sacristy, the cemetery has been a burial site since prehistoric times. Located beside the sacristy are burial chambers from Konho’s and Viiala’s manors. The latter chamber is from 1810. The cemetery’s stone wall and gates were built in 1828.

 

Track supervisor’s House
The area of track supervisor Raiskio’s historic house represents the typical employees’ residential area that would form in the neighbourhood of a train station. The house is one of the area’s oldest buildings and it was built around 1876-80. In the beginning of the 1900s the building was used as a post office. In addition the yard held, for example, a residence, cellar, laundry room, ice cellar, etc. The area now belongs to the city. While respecting the historical milieu, different art and music events are carried out in the track supervisor’s log house as well as in its yard. During the summer of 2014 the yard will be filled with yarn graffiti from Näkymä’s environmental art event.

Locomotive Museum
Located opposite to Toijala’s busy train station, the unique Locomotive Museum offers marvels for all ages. The old diesel locomotive collection includes several world class rarities. Steam engines and large and small diesel locomotives can be seen as well as a cross-section of the history of the Finnish locomotive industry. The museum conveys the phases of the railroad in a memorable way.

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June 1 to August 31. In May, by agreement. 5 € for adults and 2 € for children.

Laaksola
Laaksola Cultural Center acts as the core of Akaa’s cultural life. The building holds the city of Akaa’s cultural office, Toijala’s local branch of the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare as well as Näpsä handicraft school’s courses. In the summer Näkymä’s media art exhibit is held in Laaksola. Toijala’s train station is just a stone’s throw away from Laaksola. There is free admission to the exhibits.

Laaksola cultural office is open during the winter season Tues-Thurs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The opening times of exhibits and Näkymä can be found on the city of Akaa’s website (akaa.fi).

Sampola
The 104 year old Sampola Society House is a traditional meeting place in the heart of Akaa’s Toijala. Sampola has been restored in the past few years. The hall, entrance, kitchen and toilet areas were renovated. In the bright main room there is a large stage and a 102-seat collapsible stand. During the winter Toijala’s Näyttämö theatre rehearses and performs in Sampola. Societies are active users of Sampola.

Address: Haittilantie 2 / Sampolantie 3

Näkymä
Näkymä is an environmental art exhibition and event held every summer in Akaa. The 2014 theme, Viewer’s Blindness, inspires us to think about the blind spots in our environment. The main stage will once again be the beautiful environment of Nahkialanjärvi which is near the center of Toijala. Laaksola Cultural Center will be filled with art and the nearby track supervisor’s house will be covered in an unusual yarn graffiti.

Mika Karhu will be the curator for the 12th Näkymä. The exhibition will be open from June 13 to August 31, 2014 and admittance is free. Welcome to Näkymä! www.nakyma.fi. The producer, Sofia Welling, can be found at 040 335 3418 or sofia.welling@akaa.fi.

Wallpaper Museum Pihlgren & Ritola
The only wallpaper museum in the Nordic countries was established in 1980 and has been maintained for 20 years by Pihlgren ja Ritola Oy. There is also a wallpaper store in the factory.

Open in June, July and August from Mondays to Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  The Museum is located beside the factory in the building closest to the lake.
Address: Satamatie 8, 37800 Akaa/Toijala

Harbour Summer Theatre
Toijala’s Harbour Summer Theatre will echo with Juice Leskinen’s songs when the musical comedy, The Love Hotel Mimosa’s Complection, will have its opening night on June 7th, 2014. Lauri and Benita, the managers of the Love Hotel, are in store for a surprise when their daughter Pirkko arrives home to show off her new husband. The hotel’s guests, Jorma and Maikki, collect performance stamps for their masters of relationships degree. Radio announcer Jorma does a live broadcast of the honeymoon trip. Doors slam, love flames and Juice Leskinen’s comic as well as his touching songs propel the story forward.

Songs throughout the decades: Luonas kai olla saan, Kaksoiselämää, Pyhä toimitus, Ei elämästä selviä hengissä, Juankoski Here I Come, Mimosan hipiä, etc.

 

Performed in Finnish

Tickets: 15/14/12 €

www.toijalannäyttamo.net

Address: Kangassaarentie 2, Akaa/Toijala

phone 040 744 3517
info@toijalannayttamo.net

 

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City of Akaa

Myllytie 3, PB 34
37801 Akaa, Finland
Tel + 358 3 569 1120
akaan.kaupunki@akaa.fi

  • Founded 1 January 2007, when former neighbors Toijala and Viiala merged (Kylmäkoski, January 1, 2011 )

  • 17,100 residents
    and growing rapidly

  • Surface area approx. 315 km²

  • Located in the Southern Pirkanmaa region, in the province of Western Finland

  • Distances:
    Tampere 40 km
    Hämeenlinna 40 km
    Helsinki 140 km
    Turku 120 km

  • Neighboring municipalities:
    Valkeakoski, Lempäälä, Vesilahti, Urjala

  • Income tax rate 21,00

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City management group


Mayor
Aki Viitasaari

Director of Social and Health Services
Elina Anttila

Director of Culture and Education
Jukka Oksa

Director of Technical Services
Antti Kemi

HR Manager
Briitta-Liisa Sinivuori

Administrative Manager
Sisko Tiusanen

Financial Manager
Mari Puhka-Susi

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Business advisor
Risto Rantala (Vaske Oy)
risto.rantala@vaske.fi


Employment %

  • services 58,3
  • industry and construction 36,1
  • primary production 4

Biggest employers
Akaa City, SKS Toijala Works Oy, TTT Technology, Fläkt Woods Oy, Elematic Oy

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Town symbols

Birds
bittern and tawny owl

Plants
peach-leaved bellflower and fen violet

Trees
common linden and curly birch

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Twin cities

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Sande, Norway
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