Pyhäjoki & Neighbourhood

“Functioning services play an important role in how residents feel about living in our municipality,” says Pyhäjoki's municipal manager, Matti Soronen. Photo: Henri Luoma

How do you envision the future of Pyhäjoki?

The construction of the nuclear power plant will provide Pyhäjoki with plenty of new opportunities. Municipal manager Matti Soronen says the municipality is already eagerly preparing for internationalization.

How are things in Pyhäjoki right now?

"We are excited about developing new things. For example, we have started planning the future learning environment. Now we are thinking about how to integrate internationalization into it. Pyhäjoki residents will represent many different nationalities in the near future."

How will the municipality take into consideration the increasing number of foreign companies and workers in the area?

"Functioning basic services in the municipality are the basis of good living for the residents. Early education, basic education, an upper secondary school with a focus on entrepreneurship, as well as sports, cultural and leisure services also play important roles. There are very active associations in Pyhäjoki, and I hope many new residents will find interesting activities among them."

How much has the Hanhikivi 1 construction site affected the number of jobs in Pyhäjoki so far?

"The indirect impact of the construction already is the generation of 150 new jobs. Our unemployment rate is currently 7 percent. Generally, 5 percent is considered to be full employment."

"Before Hanhikivi was selected as the location of the nuclear power plant, our self-sufficiency with regard to jobs was 62 percent, at the lowest. Currently, there are 75 jobs per one hundred working-age municipal residents. Our near-term objective is to increase this number to 100 percent."

What will Pyhäjoki look like in 2030?

"Pyhäjoki will offer its residents better living, housing and entrepreneurship opportunities than the size of the municipality would suggest. The population will have grown by a thousand people, and a hundred new enterprises will have been established in Pyhäjoki. Lots new employees will be calling Pyhäjoki a home, where schools will provide extensive learning opportunities in an environment close to nature."

How does Pyhäjoki change in the summer? What do you do to recharge your own batteries?

"We boast a shoreline of 75 kilometers, and there are various activities involving waterways and the sea for everyone during the summer. Pyhäjoki offers excellent opportunities for fishing, swimming, boating and spending time at summer cabins. In the summer, the population also increases, since there are approximately 700 vacation residences in Pyhäjoki. We also have a number of events for both residents and vacationers."

I, too, live in a house by the river, and the location lets you take part in a number of hobbies. I also explore the country in my RV and spend time at my summer cabin in Taivalkoski, which is perfect for taking a breather from work.

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