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Jyvaskyla History, Finland

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Jyvaskyla, the municipality as well as city that is located in Central Finland, is about 147 kilometers away from Tampere and also 270 kilometers from Helsinki, near the lakes of Keitele and Paijanne. The city is very appealingly located on the northern side of the lake Jyvasjarvi that is linked by a very narrow street, the Aijalansalmi. The city is the very center of the Region of Jyvaskyla. The site of various education-associated firsts in the destination of Finland, Jyvaskyla is popularly called as the “city of schools”, the Athens of Finland and is famous as well for the various buildings that are designed by Alvar Aalto. This beautiful city is the main home for the yearly Jyvaskyla Arts Festival.

This city of Jyvaskyla was discovered by the Czar, Nicholas I of Russia in the year 1837 and was built essentially from scratch. The main town was constructed between the Jyvaskyla ridge and Lake Jyvaskyla and included most of the present grid-style city center. At the beginning of the 20th Century, the city expanded numerous times.

Most of the current Jyvaskyla was constructed after the Continuation War, at the time when refugees from Karelia and various other parts moved to the town and housing was crucially needed.

 Today, the city of Jyvaskyla is developing by about 1000 inhabitants per year. Needless to say, only about a third part of the population residing in the city was actually born here. This is the main reason why the city is culturally changing as it holds people from different backgrounds.

The traditional look of the city of its wooden buildings started to change in the period of 1920s when the construction of its first high-rise buildings began in many parts of the city. The streets were paved and then the horses eventually gave route for cars.

Growth of the large-scale industry introduced in the periods of 1920s and 1930s during the time when weapon market was situated in the city and its adjoining surroundings. Jyvaskyla was taken to be an intentionally significant place due to the fact that it was situated far off from the eastern frontier, considering the flying radius of the enemy along with being too far from the western coast.  

Connections from and to the city of Jyvaskyla by road, water and rail were great.

In order to know more about this exceptionally stunning city, a visit to this destination can prove to be highly beneficial.

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