Toijala is a former town and municipality of Finland, located some 40 kilometres (25 miles) 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 58.60 square kilometres (22.63 square miles) of which 7.72 square kilometres (2.98 square miles) is water. The population density (as of 31 December 2003 ) was 163.2 inhabitants per square kilometre (423/sq mi). 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 connected with Toijala
- Jarkko Ahola, musician (b. 1977)
- Pertti Hemánus, professor of journalism and author of many textbooks on journalism (1934–2012)
- 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)
Twin towns — Sister cities
Toijala is twinned with:
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Coordinates: 61°10′00″N 23°52′05″E / 61.16667°N 23.86806°E