Tietoa Ylivieskan seudusta

Information about the Ylivieska Region

Basic information

Alavieska municipality is located in the southern part of North Ostrobothnia, approximately 140 kilometres south of Oulu. Alavieska is famous for music and sports.

Alavieska has a population of 2,641 (31 December 2016). The total area of Alavieska is 252.97 square kilometres, of which 251.31 square kilometres is land area. Alavieska is a traditional rural municipality, but nowadays, as many as 80% of the area’s skilled workers are mainly employed by the wood and metal industry and various services. Further information on the municipality of Alavieska and its services is available on the municipality's website.

The city of Oulainen is located in the southern part of North Ostrobothnia, approximately 100 kilometres south of Oulu. The city centre of Oulainen is dominated by the river Pyhäjoki, which runs through the city and along whose banks you can find plenty of services. Oulainen is home to various kinds of entrepreneurship and health care services, and offers a range of educational opportunities.

Oulainen has a population of 7,510 (31 December 2016). The total area of Oulainen is 597.53 square kilometres, of which 587.75 square kilometres is land. Further information on the city of Oulainen and its services is available on the city's website.

Sievi municipality is located in the southern part of North Ostrobothnia, approximately 150 kilometres south of Oulu. Besides traditional agriculture, several industrial workplaces and service professions offer employment.

Sievi has a population of 5,071 (31 December 2016). The total area of Sievi is 794.5 square kilometres, of which 782.3 square kilometres consist of land. Further information on the municipality of Sievi and its services is available on the municipality's website.

The city of Ylivieska is located in the southern part of North Ostrobothnia, approximately 130 kilometres south of Oulu. Ylivieska was built at a railway crossing point. Ylivieska is known as a service city, thanks to its public services and broad range of business services. In the last couple of years, the retail industry in particular has invested in new business premises in the Ylivieska region.

The car trade has traditionally been an important commercial field and an important employer in the city. The metal industry and engineering, as well as the mechanical woodworking industry, have strong traditions and growth prospects in both the domestic and foreign markets. The metal industry employs almost 500 people in Ylivieska, the mechanical woodworking industry employs around 150 people, and IT companies almost 100 people.

Education plays a strong role in Ylivieska. Education at various levels and fields is offered by institutions such as the Adult Education Centre, Centria University of Applied Sciences, an upper secondary school, Raudaskylä Christian College and Ylivieska Vocational College.

Ylivieska has a population of 15,193 (31 December 2016). The total area of Ylivieska is 573.14 square kilometres, of which 568.57 square kilometres is land. Further information on the city of Ylivieska and its services is available on the city's website.

linkkiMunicipality of Alavieska :
Municipality of Alavieska Finnish

linkkiTown of Oulainen :
Town of Oulainen Finnish

linkkiMunicipality of Sievi:
Municipality of SieviFinnish

linkkiTown of Ylivieska :
Town of Ylivieska Finnish

linkkiThe Association of the Ylivieska Subregion:
Further information on Ylivieska region Finnish | English


Settlements in the Alavieska region date as far back as the Stone Age. The region was first part of the Salo parish and, as of 1540, was part of the Kalajoki parish. Alavieska was founded in 1733 as a chapel municipality of Kalajoki, and was granted the rights of a chapel in 1782. The parish did not gain independence until 1870. Alavieska municipality had been founded in 1866. Residents earned their livelihood from agriculture and fishing.

There are plenty of signs of prehistoric settlements in the Oulainen region. Oulainen became the chapel parish of Pyhäjoki in 1682, when the first church was built. Railway traffic began in Oulainen after the completion of the Ostrobothnia track in 1886. Oulainen’s favourable location in terms of traffic connections played a major role its development into the centre of Pyhäjokilaakso in the 20th century. Oulainen was granted city status in 1977. Oulainen has also been an important centre of education since the 1960s.

Prehistoric settlements have been discovered in the Sievi region. The region became home to permanent settlements in the 16th century. The chapel parish of Sievi was founded in 1645, but the first church was not completed until 1654. In 1862, Sievi separated from Kalajoki as an independent parish known as Evijärvi. The name Sievi was adopted later. The railway between Seinäjoki and Oulu was completed in 1886, and made life in Sievi more vibrant. In 1920, the municipality already had a population of almost 5,500. However, after the Second World War, the number of residents began to fall due to many people moving away from the region. This population reduction did not end until the beginning of the 1980s.

Ylivieska has become a bustling city of around 15,000 residents, which has evolved from its beginnings as a couple of houses built along Kalajoki at the beginning of the 16th century. In the Middle Ages, Ylivieska was part of the village of Salo (Saloinen), and, as of 1540, was part of the church parish of Kalajoki. The chapel parish of Ylivieska was founded in 1643, and an autonomous municipal administration was established at the beginning of 1867. The development of Ylivieska was accelerated by the construction of a railway in 1886, and by Ylivieska’s growth into a market town by 1965 and a city by 1971.


Train traffic

The closest railway stations are located in Ylivieska and Oulainen.

Ylivieska railway station, Asemakatu 11, 84100 Ylivieska
VR Customer Service, telephone: 0600 41 900 (Mon–Sun 7 am–10 pm)
Waiting room is open Mon–Sun 5.20 am–12.00 midnight
There is a ticket vending machine in the waiting room

Oulainen railway station, Rautatienkatu 2, 86300 Oulainen
VR Customer Service, telephone: 0600 41900 (Mon–Sun 7 am–10 pm)
Waiting room is open Mon–Fri 6 am–5 pm, Sun 7 am–5 pm
Ticket vending machine available outside Mon–Sun 5.00 am–11.45 pm

Bus traffic

Bus traffic schedules and connections are available on the Travel Services' (Matkahuolto) website. You can also enquire about bus connection schedules and fares from the service number of Matkahuolto. You can also collect pre-booked tickets at R-kiosks.

Schedules and prices:
Telephone: 0200 4000
The telephone service is available every day around the clock.

Air traffic

The closest airports are located in Oulu and Kokkola. The drive from Ylivieska to either one of these cities takes around 90 minutes.

Road traffic

The main roads in the area are highways 8, 27 and 28, and trunk roads 86 and 63. The distance from Ylivieska to Oulu is 128 kilometres along highway 86 and 80 kilometres to Kokkola. All of the municipalities in the region are located within an hour's drive from each other at most.


You can reserve a taxi by calling one of the following numbers:
Alavieska 0100 869 80
Oulainen 0600 30060
Sievi (08) 481 200
Ylivieska 0600 30050

Further information: Traffic in Finland.

linkkiMatkahuolto Oy:
Bus timetablesFinnish | Swedish | English

Train timetables and ticketsFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

linkkiFinavia Corporation:
AirportsFinnish | Swedish | English


There are several religious communities in the Ylivieska region. You can search for information in the Religions in Finland service on the basis of the religious organisation and the location.

Further information: Cultures and religions in Finland.

linkkiReligions in Finland :
Religious communitiesFinnish | English

Parishes of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland in the Ylivieska region:

linkkiParish of Alavieska:
Parish of AlavieskaFinnish

linkkiParish of Oulainen:
Parish of OulainenFinnish

linkkiParish of Sievi:
Parish of SieviFinnish

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

Decision-making and public engagement

The highest decision-making authority in the municipality is the Council. Members and deputy members of the Council are elected in municipal elections for four calendar years following the election year. Council members represent various political parties. The council is responsible for the operations and finances of the municipality. In general, the agendas and minutes of council meetings are available to residents on the municipalities' websites. Information on council meetings and decisions is also published in local newspapers, for example.

A resident of a municipality has the right to submit initiatives on matters concerning the municipality’s activities. More information on submitting an initiative is available on your municipality's website or via the kuntalaisaloite.fi online service. More information on the administration and decision-making of municipalities is available on the municipalities' websites.

The number of council members on the municipal councils is as follows:
Alavieska 21 council members
Oulainen 27 council members
Sievi 27 council members
Ylivieska 35 council members

Further information: Decision-making and public engagement.

linkkiMunicipality of Alavieska:
Administration and decision-makingFinnish

linkkiTown of Oulainen:
Administration and decision-makingFinnish

linkkiMunicipality of Sievi:
Administration and decision-makingFinnish

linkkiTown of Ylivieska:
Administration and decision-makingFinnish

linkkiMinistry of Justice:
Kuntalaisaloite.fi online service for submitting initiatives to municipalitiesFinnish | Swedish