Welcome to Iisalmi and Upper Savo!

Upper-Savo consists of seven municipalities: Iisalmi, Keitele, Kiuruvesi, Lapinlahti, Pielavesi, Sonkajärvi and Vieremä.

There are 720 foreign citizens residing in Upper Savo which is 1,3% of the region population (2013). This group of foreigners consists of roughly twenty different nationalities. The three largest groups of nationalities are: Estonians (200), Russians (190) and Afghans (88 people).

Iisalmi is the largest city in Ylä-Savo and there are 310 immigrants in Iisalmi, which totals 1,4% of the inhabitants of the city of Iisalmi.

Immigrants arrive in Iisalmi for various reasons, the most important ones being work, family connections and humanitarian reasons.

Multiculturalism is a resource for Upper Savo, which the region wants to further develop. Foreign sources of workforce are seen as very important resource in the region. Immigrants’ acculturation is supported together with different operators and there is an active Advisory Board for Ethnic Relations in Upper Savo.

The immigration and refugee counseling of the city of Iisalmi operates in the city but also in the rest of Upper Savo area.

More information right below in the attachments.

Take also a look at www.infopankki.fi, which provides information about Finland on 15 different languages and about studying the Finnish language amongst other things.


Upper Savo immigrant counselor:
Kaja Rahkema (Finland, Estonian, Russian, English)
Ilvolankatu 14 A
74100 IISALMI 
Phone: 040 6740179
Email: kaja.rahkema(at)iisalmi.fi