What do you know about the city of Kuopio?
Before you visit this great Finnish city yourself,
here are some fun facts about Kuopio.
Fun Facts about Kuopio
1. Where is Kuopio?
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of North Savo, about 340 km distance from Helsinki.
2. Kuopio is Surrounded by Lake Kallavesi
Lake Kallavesi is an important part of the city of Kuopio. It surrounds Kuopio from almost every direction.
3. Kuopio was Founded in 1775
Kuopio was founded in 1653, but Kuopio officially became a city in 1775 by the order of King Gustav III of Sweden.
4. The Name Kuopio Comes From…?
It is not known where the city’s name comes from, but there are a few theories. According to one theory, it is related to horses and comes from the Finnish word kuopia (=paw). Another theory was a traveling salesman named Prokopij who gave his name to this place. And the third explanation was a man named Skopa, who the locals called Coopia or Cuopio.
5. Kuopio is Finland’s 8th Biggest City
With the population of 122 000, Kuopio is Finland’s eight biggest city.
6. Kuopio is the Capital of Lakeland
Kuopio has named itself as the “Capital of Lakeland”. In total there are over 900 lakes in Kuopio municipality, so the name is well justified.
7. Kuopio is the Summer Cottage Capital of Finland
Kuopio municiapility could also be called the the summer cottage capital of Finland. There are over 10 800 summer homes in the area of Kuopio, which is more that in any other municipality in Finland.
8. Puijo is Kuopio’s Best Known Landmark
Kuopio is a very popular travel destination. The City’s best known landmark is the Puijo hill and the Puijo Tower on top of the Puijo hill. So it is one of the must-visit places in Kuopio!
9. Kuopio Market Square is the Centre of the Universe
Kuopio Market Square is called in Savo dialect as “Mualiman Napa”. Which means nothing less than the centre of the universe…
10. Kalakukko is is very Popular in Kuopio
And when you are visiting the centre of the universe, you should taste the kalakukko. Kalakukko is a traditional Finnish dish that is especially popular in Kuopio. It is a fish baked inside a loaf of rye bread. It might not be everyone’s favorite but you should taste one when in Kuopio!
+The Best Saying in Savo Dialect
The Savo dialect is full of funny sayings. Probably the best known, and one that works in every situation, is “suattaahan se olla vuan suattaahan se olla olemmattakkii”. This could be translated as “it might be or it might not be”. How wrong you can go with that?
City of Kuopio
Image by Vicente Serra / City of Kuopio