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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.
Kalajoki is on highways 8 and 27. Kalajoki has a deep-water harbour. The nearest railway stations are around half an hour's drive from Kalajoki.
For information on timetables contact: Kalajoki Travel Services (Kalajoen Matkahuolto)
Tel. 08 460 686
Open Mon–Fri 10 am–5 pm
Further information is available on the Travel Services (Matkahuolto) website.
The closest railway stations to Kalajoki are located in Ylivieska and Kokkola. You can get there in your own car or by bus.
Bus services to Kalajoki
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
See the website of the Finnish national rail service VR for further details on train timetables.
From Kalajoki the closest airports are located in Kokkola (Kruunupyy) and Oulu (Oulunsalo).
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Kalajoki has a church belonging to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. For more information, see the website of the Kalajoki 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.
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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.
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