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Kaavin kunta
Kaavi is located in the Northern Savonia.
Kaavi is located in the Northern Savonia.
Coat of arms of Kaavi
Coat of arms
Location of Kaavi in Finland
Location of Kaavi in Finland
Country  Finland
Region Northern Savonia
Sub-region Northeastern Savonia sub-region
Charter 1875
 • Municipal manager Ari Sopanen
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 789.59 km2 (304.86 sq mi)
 • Land 674.10 km2 (260.27 sq mi)
 • Water 115.49 km2 (44.59 sq mi)
Area rank 149th largest in Finland
Population (2016-03-31)[2]
 • Total 3,193
 • Rank 237th largest in Finland
 • Density 4.74/km2 (12.3/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 99.3% (official)
 • Swedish 0.1%
 • Others 0.6%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 15.2%
 • 15 to 64 59.3%
 • 65 or older 25.5%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20%
Website www.kaavi.fi

Kaavi is a municipality of Finland.

It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Northern Savonia region. Kaavi is also a part of historical Karelia. The municipality has a population of 3,193 (31 March 2016)[2] and covers an area of 789.59 square kilometres (304.86 sq mi) of which 115.49 km2 (44.59 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 4.74 inhabitants per square kilometre (12.3/sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Origin of the name

In language of Sami (also spelled Sámi or Saami) the word kaavi means a boat harbour.


Kaavi is situated in Lakeland of Eastern Finland.

Distances from the municipal centre of Kaavi

The nearest airports

The nearest railway stations

The nearest border crossing point (Finland/Russia)

  • Niirala 162 km

Inland waterways

The nearest deep water harbours

Sights and activities

Diamond exploration in Kaavi

The Finnish-Australian mining company Malmikaivos Oy found diamonds from bedrock of Kaavi in 1990's.[6] One of the stones from the kimberilite of Kaavi (Lahtojoki deposit) has record high amount of diamonds.[7]

Twin towns


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, maaliskuu.2016" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 31 March 2016.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Population according to language and the number of foreigners and land area km2 by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 29 March 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Population according to age and gender by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 28 April 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Diamond rush expected in Finnish Karelia
  7. Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, 14 February 2006
  8. Suomen kuntien ystävyyskunnat Virossa

External links

Media related to Kaavi at Wikimedia Commons