Tietoa Kalajoesta ja Merijärvestä

Information about Kalajoki and Merijärvi

Basic information


Kalajoki was founded in 1865 and was granted town status on 1 January 2002. Kalajoki has a population of 12,644. Its surface area is 2,391.3 km2, of which water bodies account for 1,469.2 km2. The town's varied industrial base and vibrant entrepreneurialism are among its strengths. Its largest sectors are the metal and wood industry, primary production, construction, tourism and transport.


Merijärvi was founded in 1866. The town has 1,180 inhabitants. Its surface area is 238 km2, of which water bodies account for 9 km2. Merijärvi offers a peaceful and reasonably priced range of residential options in a beautiful country setting close to nature. Its municipal services are well maintained and are easily available for everyone, with no need to queue. Merijärvi is in a central location, close to nearby town centres and their wide range of shopping options.

linkkiTown of Kalajoki:
Town of KalajokiFinnish

linkkiMunicipality of Merijärvi:
Municipality of MerijärviFinnish


Kalajoki is on highways 8 and 27, while Merijärvi is about 20 minutes by car, inland from Kalajoki. Kalajoki has a deep-water harbour. The nearest railway stations are around half an hour's drive from Kalajoki.

Bus services

For information on timetables contact: Kalajoki Travel Services (Kalajoen Matkahuolto)
Tel. 08 460 686
Open Mon–Fri 9 am–1 pm and 2.15 pm–5 pm

Further information is available on the Travel Services (Matkahuolto) website.

Rail services

The closest railway stations to Kalajoki are located in Ylivieska and Kokkola. From Merijärvi, the nearest railway station is located in Oulainen. You can get there in your own car or by bus.

Bus services to Kalajoki, enquiries Ylivieska Travel Service (Ylivieskan Matkahuolto)
Tel. 0200 4083
Open Mon–Fri 8 am–5.30 pm

Bus services to the Kalajoki Sand Dunes (Kalajoen Hiekkasärkät) and Kalajoki, enquiries Kokkola Travel Service (Kokkola Matkahuolto)
Tel. 0200 4068 or 06 824 1555
Open Mon–Fri 7 am–6 pm

Bus services to Merijärvi, enquiries Travel Service (Matkahuolto)
Tel. 020 710 5455

See the website of the Finnish national rail service VR for further details on train timetables.

Flight services

From Kalajoki and Merijärvi, the closest airports are located in Kokkola (Kruunupyy) and Oulu (Oulunsalo).

Read more: Traffic.

linkkiMatkahuolto Oy:
Bus timetablesFinnish | Swedish | English

Train timetables and ticketsFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

linkkiFinavia Corporation:
AirportsFinnish | Swedish | English


Kalajoki has a church belonging to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. For more information, see the website of the Kalajoki parish. A parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland operates from Merijärvi; for further details see the website of the Ylivieska parish.

The nearest parishes of the Orthodox Church are located in Oulu and Kiuruvesi. An Orthodox Church prayer room, or tsasouna, built in 2014 is located at the Kalajoki Sand Dunes (Kalajoen Hiekkasärkät). For more information, see the parishes' websites.

There is a Catholic parish, which mainly operates from Oulu. For more information, see the parish's website.

The Islamic Society of Northern Finland is based in Oulu. For more information, see the society's website.

You can find more information on issues related to religion, based on your religious community and location, via the Religions in Finland online service.

Read more: Cultures and religions in Finland.

linkkiParish of Kalajoki:
Parish of KalajokiFinnish

linkkiParish of Ylivieska:
Parish of YlivieskaFinnish | Swedish | English | German

linkkiKalajoki orthodox chapel (Kalajoen tsasouna):
Kalajoki orthodox chapel (Kalajoen tsasouna)Finnish

linkkiReligions in Finland :
Religious communitiesFinnish | English

Decision-making and public engagement


The Town Council (kaupunginvaltuusto) is the town's highest decision-making body. The Council steers the town's development in practice. It decides on the foundation of the town's economy and financing, its taxation percentage and the general principles underlying fees, and sets quality and operational goals for the town's services.

The Town Board is responsible for the town's administration and finances, prepares issues for consideration by the Town Council and ensures the implementation and legality of Council decisions. The Town Board represents the municipality, and exercises authority and engages in various legal transactions on behalf of the town.

Municipal residents can participate and have an impact on the town's affairs by voting in municipal elections held every four years. Municipal residents can also launch initiatives, respond to questionnaires, participate in public discussions and send feedback to public servants.


Merijärvi's highest decision-making body is its 15-member Municipal Council. Minutes of meetings of the Municipal Council and Board are available on the municipality's website. Initiatives and suggestions can be made on the municipal website.

Read more: Decision-making and public engagement.

linkkiTown of Kalajoki:
Town of KalajokiFinnish

linkkiMunicipality of Merijärvi:
Municipality of MerijärviFinnish