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Municipality and town
Järvenpään kaupunki
Sibeliuksenkatu (Sibelius' street)
Sibeliuksenkatu (Sibelius' street)
Coat of arms of Järvenpää
Coat of arms
Location of Järvenpää in Finland
Location of Järvenpää in Finland
Country  Finland
Region Uusimaa
Sub-region Helsinki sub-region
Charter 1951
City rights 1967
Area (2009)
 • Total 39.95 km2 (15.42 sq mi)
 • Land 37.59 km2 (14.51 sq mi)
 • Water 2.36 km2 (0.91 sq mi)
Area rank 345th largest in Finland
Population (2013-10-29)
 • Total 39,631
 • Rank 21st largest in Finland
 • Density 1,054.3/km2 (2,731/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish 96.5% (official)
 • Swedish 0.9%
 • Others 2.6%
Population by age
 • 0 to 14 18.4%
 • 15 to 64 70.6%
 • 65 or older 11%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate 19%
Climate Dfb

Järvenpää is a town and municipality of Finland.


Järvenpää was separated from its parent community Tuusula in 1951. Järvenpää was granted the status of a market town (kauppala) after the separation. Neighbouring districts Kellokoski and Nummenkylä were not added to the municipality of Järvenpää and there is still controversy over the issue fifty years later. In the event, Kellokoski remained part of the municipality of Tuusula. Järvenpää was granted full legal town (kaupunki) status in 1967.



Järvenpää had in the early 20th century a large artist communuty including: Jean Sibelius, Juhani Aho and Eero Järnefelt. This was partly due because of a railway connection to Helsinki.

Järvenpää is widely known as the location of Ainola, the home of the composer Jean Sibelius. It is sited about two kilometers south of the city centre. The composer moved with his family to the cottage designed by Lars Sonck on September 24, 1904, and he lived there until his death in 1957. Ainola is open for visitors in the summer months as the "museum of Sibelius".

Events are held in the Järvenpää-talo throughout the year: concerts, theatre and art-shows. The favorite-place of children is Pikku-Aino's home, where children can play, make shows and so on.

There is a musical event, which is arranged every year, called "Park Blues". "Blues-week" starts from the "Blues street" of the city centre, and concerts and informal sessions are arranged in bars and restaurants. The main concert is at the end of Blues-week, and is arranged in Vanhankylänniemi on the Saturday.


Järvenpää is divided into 25 neighbourhoods. The locations of individual neighbourhoods are shown below.

Jarvenpaa neighbourhoods
Jarvenpaa neighbourhoods
Järvenpään vesitorni
The Water Tower in Järvenpää, Finland

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