Riihimäki (literally "Drying barn hill") is a town and municipality in the south of Finland, about 69 kilometres (43 mi) north of Helsinki and 109 kilometres (68 miles) southeast of Tampere. An important railway junction is located in Riihimäki, railway tracks go to Helsinki, Tampere and Lahti from there. Würth Oy has its Finnish Headquarters and logistics center in Riihimäki. Valio has a major dairy in Herajoki part of Riihimäki. The famous Sako rifles are produced in Riihimäki.
Finland's highest flagpole is located in Riihimäki.
The town is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the Tavastia Proper region. The town has a population of 29,058 (31 August 2017) and covers an area of 125.56 square kilometres (48.48 sq mi) of which 4.54 km2 (1.75 sq mi) is water. The population density is 240.11 inhabitants per square kilometre (621.9/sq mi). The municipality is unilingually Finnish.
Riihimäki was established around the Riihimäki railway station by the Helsinki–Riihimäki railway, one of the original stations on the Finland's first railway between Helsinki and Hämeenlinna. It became the first railway junction in Finland when the Riihimäki – Saint Petersburg track's first section from Riihimäki to Lahti was opened in 1869. Gradually, the town grew around the station.
In 1922, Riihimäki separated from Hausjärvi and became an independent market-town. Riihimäki got its city rights in 1960. It was home to the reputed Riihimäki Glass company that remained in business from 1910 through 1990.
Riihimäki is twinned with:
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