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Kuopio is a Finnish city located in the province of Eastern Finland and
the region of Northern Savonia.
A population of 91,000 makes it the eighth biggest city in the country.
The city has a total area of 1,730 km², of which 805 km² is water and half forest.
The population density is only 52 inhabitants/km², but the center of the city is populated
very densely, even comparable to the Helsinki metropolitan area.
The population of the entire Kuopio region is 119,472
(source: Kuopion Kaupunkilehti, 19 March 2008, bottom of page 4).
Kuopio was founded in 1653 by Governor Peter Brahe, but the official date is recognized
as November 17, 1775, when King Gustav III of Sweden ordered the establishment of the
city of Kuopio.
The municipality of Vehmersalmi joined the city of Kuopio on January 1, 2005 like the municipality
of Kuopion maalaiskunta in 1969 and the municipality of Riistavesi in 1973.
The city is surrounded by lake Kallavesi, and several parts of it are built on islands.
Kuopio is known for its association with a national delicacy, Finnish fish pastry (Kalakukko),
and the dialect of Savo, as well as the hill of Puijo and the Puijo tower.
Besides being a very popular outdoor recreation area, Puijo serves also as a stage for a
yearly World Cup ski jumping competition.
Transport connections to Kuopio include Pendolino trains and air service from Finnair and Blue1.
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