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Information on Kauniainen

Traffic

The Metropolitan Area boasts good public transport connections. Kauniainen has a railway station, and many bus routes run within the town.

You can use the Journey Planner service to search for information on routes in the Metropolitan Area. The service provides suggestions on how to get from one place to another using public transport.

linkkiHelsinki Region Transport, HSL:
Journey PlannerFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

You can use cash or a travel card to pay on public transport. You must buy your ticket for commuter trains in advance. Travel cards are available for purchase from Kauniainen City Hall. You can also buy a mobile ticket with your mobile phone or a single ticket from a ticket vending machine.

City Hall
Kauniaistentie 10
Mon–Fri 8 am­–3 pm; Tue, Wed, Thu also 5 pm–7:30 pm

Kauniainen lies only a short distance from the motorway between Helsinki and Turku. The nearest airport is Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.

linkkiHelsinki-Vantaa:
AirportFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Chinese | Japanese

More information about public transport in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area can also be found on the InfoFinland page Information about Greater Helsinki.

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Decision-making and public engagement

Decisions regarding Kauniainen are made by the City Council (kaupunginvaltuusto). It has 35 members, who represent the different political groups. The Council is elected every four years in a municipal election.

On the website of the City of Kauniainen, you can send feedback to the administration. You can also create initiatives, post questions and comment on issues in Finnish and Swedish. Questions in English will also be answered.

Read more: Decision-making and making a difference

linkkiCity of Kauniainen:
Participate and make a differenceFinnish | Swedish

Religion

There are many religious communities in Espoo and Helsinki. The Religions in Finland service provides you with the opportunity to search for information according to religious community or municipality.

linkkiUskonnot.fi:
Religious communitiesFinnish | English

Kauniainen has an Evangelical Lutheran church, which is used by two parishes, a Finnish-speaking and a Swedish-speaking one.

linkkiCity of Kauniainen:
ParishesFinnish | Swedish

The nearest Orthodox places of worship are the Church of St. Herman of Alaska in Tapiola and the chapel of the Trapesa Centre in Kirkkojärvi. More information is available on the website of the Orthodox parish of Helsinki.

linkkiOrthodox Parish of Helsinki:
Orthodox parishFinnish | Russian

Read more: Cultures and religions in Finland

Basic information

Kauniainen is one of the four municipalities in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. It is located in the centre of Espoo, 15 km west of Helsinki.

The population of Kauniainen is approximately 9,600. 60% of the residents speak Finnish as their native language, while 36% speak Swedish. Kauniainen covers an area of 6.0 km2.

linkkiCity of Kauniainen:
Information about the townFinnish | Swedish | English

History

In 1906, a limited company that sold villa sites to residents of the Metropolitan Area was established in Kauniainen. The area had a direct link to Helsinki. In 1920, the villa community became a borough. At first, the majority of the residents were Swedish-speaking. In 1972, the borough was bestowed with the rights of a city.

linkkiOnline Museum Grani:
Online museumFinnish | Swedish