Kauhajoki (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈkɑu̯hɑˌjoki]; literally “Scoop River”) is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Southern Ostrobothnia region, 59 kilometres (37 mi) southwest of the city of Seinäjoki. The population of Kauhajoki is 12,889 (31 December 2021)[2] and the municipality covers an area of 1,299.10 km2 (501.59 sq mi) of which 16.46 km2 (6.36 sq mi) is inland water (1 January 2018).[1] The population density is 9.92/km2 (25.7/sq mi). The town is unilingually Finnish.

Kauhajoen kaupunki
Kauhajoki stad
Kauhajoki Town Hall
Location of Kauhajoki in Finland
Coordinates: 62°25′55″N 22°10′46″E
Country Finland
RegionSouthern Ostrobothnia
Sub-regionSuupohja sub-region
Town privileges2001
  Town managerNiku Latva-Pukkila
  Total1,315.54 km2 (507.93 sq mi)
  Land1,299.10 km2 (501.59 sq mi)
  Water16.46 km2 (6.36 sq mi)
  Rank55th largest in Finland
  Rank80th largest in Finland
  Density9.92/km2 (25.7/sq mi)
Kauhajokinen (Finnish)
Population by native language
  Finnish98.7% (official)
Population by age
  0 to 1415.1%
  15 to 6457%
  65 or older27.9%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]22%

The neighboring municipalities of Kauhajoki are Isojoki in the southwest, Kankaanpää in the south, Karijoki in the west, Karvia in the southeast, Kurikka in the north and Teuva in the west.[6] Kauhajoki is the center of the Suupohja sub-region.[7]

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