KONGINKANGAS

– A Short Description and Some History


Konginkangas is a rural area and a village situated in Central Finland in the Finnish Lakeland. It is part of Äänekoski town. Konginkangas is the gate to a scenic rural road Vihreä väylä - Green route

Highway E75 (Finnish National Road 4) from Helsinki to Lappland, and Lake Keitele, the 'Regional Lake of Central Finland', 9th largest lake in Finland and part of the great Päijänne water route, are the important life lines of the area. 

Active village 

Konginkangas was chosen the Village of the Year 2011 in Central Finland. The active cooperation of the six villages through a common Village Association of Konginkangas, the actions towards developing the whole area, the positive lift of the spirit of the community and the increase in positive publicity lead to the nomination. See pdf Konginkangas Village Association in English (two pages).

Main event in Konginkangas is the village festival 'Konginkangas Summer Days'. It is organised every year one week after the Midsummer. 

The Project Tree made in 2014 is a visual display of where the Village Association of Konginkangas has had an active role and where the village action plan (2009) has led us.

 

Kalaniemi Räihä Konginkangas Riihilahti Liimattala Laajaranta Map of Konginkangas

 

Distances

 

To Helsinki 335km, about 4h 30min.

To Oulu 274km, under 4h.

 

Nearest airport in Tikkakoski, Jyväskylä (46km, ca. 40min)

Nearest railway station in Jyväskylä (65km, 1h)

Nearest bus station in Äänekoski (24km), bus stops in Konginkangas

Nearest passenger harbours in Matilanvirta (7km), and in Suolahti (34km)

Nearest excursion harbour at the centre of Konginkangas

(Distances measured from the centre of Konginkangas.)

 

Residents and villages of konginkangas

There are 1400 residents living permanently in the area of Konginkangas. The central village has 474 inhabitants (2014). In addition, there are over 800 holiday houses in the area. In summer the number of villagers doubles as the holiday dwellers arrive to Konginkangas.

Although Konginkangas is clearly rural there is little traditional farming. Most people get their livelihood by working elsewhere – or by pensions because of the age structure of the area.

The area of Konginkangas has six villages:

Konginkangas: The old municipal service centre has good basic services.

Liimattala: A village with large open fields and a colourful history.

Laajaranta: A growing village popular with young families.

Kalaniemi: A traditional village living close to nature.

Räihä: A highway village with caravans and trucks. 

Riihilahti: An active village with only about 10 permanent homes but 150 holiday houses!

 

 

Accommodation in Konginkangas

 

Hiekkala Farm

B&B for max. 15 persons by the Highway A4 in Liimattala Village.

Address: Riihitie 94, 44420 Liimattala

Tel. +358 (0)40 5867420

matti.hytonen at pp1.inet.fi

 

Rental cottages and a camping site with huts in the nearby Sumiainen village.

 

SF Caravan site in Lintulahti by the Highway E75

(good and active caravan area but for caravans only)

Address: Lintulantie 5, 44440 Räihä (Äänekoski) 

Tel. +358 (0)40 7485377

Email lintulahti at pp.inet.fi

Koordinates WGS84 N 62 49' 19" ja E 025 48' 08"

 

 

Some History of Konginkangas

Konginkangas was an independent municipality from 1895 till 1993. The industrial Äänekoski town was joined by Konginkangas in 1993. Today's Konginkangas has a strong own identity within the municipality of Äänekoski.

Konginkangas has always been active. The beautiful Scandinavian wooden church built in 1866 by the villagers is the symbol of Konginkangas. It is one of the last churches in Finland built without an architect. It is open to the visitors in summer.

In the bell tower at the back of the church there is a small self-service summer cafe collecting funds for missionary work. Opposite the church there is a small local museum, open in summer.

The first grammar school in Central Finland was founded in Konginkangas in 1867 by the villagers. There are three historical layers of schools by the church, all situated around the same school yard. The oldest and smallest school building now acts as a youth centre, the second oldest building houses the kindergarden, and the newest school house is a well functioning primary school.

The whole area around the church is a regional architectural heritage site.

 

Local history museum in Konginkangas

 

There is a local history museum next to the church of Konginkangas. The museum is owned by the Äänekoski town and run by the local voluntary association Kömin Kilta.

The small but interesting museum shows farming history of Konginkangas and organizes themed exhibitions each summer. 

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