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Toijala is a former town and municipality of Finland, located some south of Tampere. On 1 January 2007, it was consolidated with Viiala to form the town of Akaa. Toijala is known as an important railway crossroads. The Helsinki–Tampere and Turku–Tampere tracks meet at Toijala railway station. Toijala is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Pirkanmaa region. The municipality had a population of 8,305 (end of April 2004) and covered an area of of which is water. The population density () was . The municipality was unilingually Finnish. Until 2015, Toijala hosted a Nokia office which since 1997 collaborated with Päivölän Kansanopisto by having some of its students work as paid interns for 12 hours/week. On 4 April 2014, ten residents of Toijala became multi-millionaires when they won the record Eurojackpot of €57 million.

Notable people

*Jarkko Ahola, musician (b. 1977) *Harri Holkeri, 36th Prime Minister of Finland (1937–2011) *Sasu Hovi, ice hockey player (b. 1982) * Aki Kaurismäki, screenwriter and film director (b. 1957) * Mika Kaurismäki, film director (b. 1955) *Eveliina Similä, Olympic ice hockey player (b. 1978) * Aki Sirkesalo, singer (1962–2004) *Arvo Ylppö, pediatrician, professor, and archiater; credited as the father of Finland's public child welfare clinic system (1887–1992)

International relations



Twin towns — Sister cities

Toijala is twinned with: * Nanchang, China (1997) * Hallsberg, Sweden (1946)

References



External links


Town of Akaa
– Official website Category:Populated places disestablished in 2007 Category:Former municipalities of Finland Category:Akaa {{WesternFinland-geo-stub