Hankasalmi is a municipality of Finland.
It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Central Finland region. The municipality has a population of 5,062 (31 August 2017) and covers an area of 687.75 square kilometres (265.54 sq mi) of which 115.89 km2 (44.75 sq mi) is water. The population density is 8.85 inhabitants per square kilometre (22.9/sq mi). Neighbour municipalities are Kangasniemi, Konnevesi, Laukaa, Pieksämäki, Rautalampi and Toivakka.
The municipality is unilingually Finnish.
There are all together 97 lakes in Hankasalmi. The biggest lakes are Kynsivesi-Leivonvesi, Armisvesi and Kuuhankavesi.
- Aimo Minkkinen, longtime head of the Tampere Lenin Museum
- Antero Halonen, boxer
- Kaarlo Kartio, actor
- Kalevi Tarvainen, linguist and professor
- Kari Ihalainen, javelin thrower and track and field coach
- Lauri W. Pääkkönen, elementary school teacher and writer
- Matti Karjalainen, professor at the Helsinki University of Technology
- Matti Makkonen, politician
- Matti Rutanen, folk artist
- Mika Mölsä, crime journalist and fiction writer
- Niina Mäkinen, ice hockey player
- Onni Haini, journalist and writer
- Onni Pellinen, Olympic wrestler
- Paavo Rautkallio, politician
- Unto Poikolainen, Pesäpallo player
- Vilho Ylönen, cross-country skier and rifle shooter
Traditional fish soup cooked in Hankasalmi
A man with a wooden hat in Hankasalmi
Sunset over the Lake Kuuhankavesi
Lake Armisvesi in Hankasalmi
A stream near Keskisenlampi nature trail in Hankasalmi
Keskisenlampi birdwatching tower
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