Riihimäki is a town and municipality in the south of Finland
Finland , officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden in the west, Norway in the north and Russia in the east, while Estonia lies to its south across the Gulf of Finland.Around 5.4 million people reside...

, about 69 kilometres (42.9 mi) north of Helsinki
Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland. It is in the region of Uusimaa, located in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. The population of the city of Helsinki is , making it by far the most populous municipality in Finland. Helsinki is...

 and 109 km (67.7 mi) southeast of Tampere
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. It is somewhat of a railway junction, since the railway tracks going from different parts of the nation to Helsinki merge there. Sako, Ltd.
SAKO, Limited is a Finnish firearm manufacturer located in Riihimäki....

 has a major factory in Riihimäki.

The town is located in the province
Provinces of Finland
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 of Southern Finland
Southern Finland
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 and is part of the Tavastia Proper
Tavastia Proper
Tavastia Proper is a region of Finland. It borders to the regions Finland Proper, Pirkanmaa, Päijänne Tavastia, and Uusimaa.Hämeenlinna is the largest urban area in the region...

Regions of Finland
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. The town has a population of and covers an area of km2 of which km2 is water. The population density
Population density
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 is PD/km2. The municipality is unilingually Finnish
Finnish language
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Riihimäki was established around the Riihimäki railway station
Riihimäki railway station
Riihimäki railway station is located in the town of Riihimäki, Finland.-History:The Riihimäki railway station is one of the original stations on the main railway track from Helsinki to Hämeenlinna, opened in 1862. The town was originally built because of the railway. In 1870, a track to Saint...

, one of the original stations on the Helsinki–Hämeenlinna track (main track of Finland). It became the first junction in Finland when the Riihimäki – Saint Petersburg track's first section from Riihimäki to Lahti
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. It is situated on a bay at the southern end of lake Vesijärvi about north-east of the capital Helsinki...

 was opened in 1869. Gradually, more settlements started to be built around the station.

In 1922, Riihimäki separated from Hausjärvi
Hausjärvi is a municipality of Finland. Its seat is in Oitti.It is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the Tavastia Proper region. The municipality has a population of and covers an area of of which is water...

 and became an independent market-town. Riihimäki got its city rights in 1960. It was home to the reputed Riihimäki Glass
Riihimaki glass
Riihimäki glass was a reputed glass company in Riihimäki, Finland, in operation from 1910, when it was founded by Mikko Adolf Kolehmainen, to 1990. Their production ranged from basic to high quality glass ornaments, which are now sought after as collectibles, especially some of their vases...

 company that remained in business from 1910 through 1990.


  • Peltosaaren Nikkarit & Kiekko-Nikkarit (Ice hockey
    Ice hockey
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  • Kolmoskori (Basketball
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  • Riihimäen Ilves
    Riihimäen Ilves
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    , formerly RIPS (Soccer)
  • SC Top (Floorball
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  • Cocks
    Riihimäki Cocks
    Riihimäki Cocks is a Finnish handball club from Riihimäki.-History:Riihimäki Cocks were founded in 1973 when the club decided to separate from RiPS...

    Team handball
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  • Riihi-Pesis, formerly RPL (Pesäpallo
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  • Riihimäen Kisko (Athletics
    Athletics (track and field)
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Famous people

  • Renny Harlin
    Renny Harlin
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    , film director
  • Jukka Jalonen
    Jukka Jalonen
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    , national ice hockey coach
  • Janne Lahti
    Janne Lahti
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    , SM-Liiga
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  • Sami Lähteenmäki, SM-Liiga
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  • Janne Kataja, TV-personality
  • Olli Korkeavuori, SM-Liiga
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  • Sinikka Laine
    Sinikka Laine
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    , writer
  • Kari Tiainen
    Kari Tiainen
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    , motorcycle enduro world champion
  • Pekka Vasala
    Pekka Vasala
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    , Olympic champion (1972) in the 1,500 metres
  • Jussi Veikkanen
    Jussi Veikkanen
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    , professional road racing cyclist.
  • Jukka Vanninen
    Jukka Vanninen
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    , Veikkausliiga
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     player FC Lahti
    FC Lahti
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  • Jann Wilde
    Jann Wilde
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    , musician, songwriter

Twin towns — Sister cities

Riihimäki is twinned with: Szolnok
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, Hungary Skedsmo
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, Norway Husavik
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, Iceland Gus-Khrustalny
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, Russia Karlskoga
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, Sweden Aalborg
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, Denmark Bad Segeberg
Bad Segeberg
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, Germany

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