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Nokia is a small city (pop. 34,000 in 2020) on the banks of the Nokianvirta (Kokemäenjoki) River in Western Finland, some 15 km to the west of Tampere.


Nokianvirta and Tehdassaari

Nokia has been around long enough that even its name is obscure. The most probable theory is that it comes from Old Finnish nois (pl. nokia), meaning a type of dark-coated marten found in the area to this day, and the animal is thus enshrined on the Nokia coat of arms. In modern Finnish, on the other hand, noki means "soot" and nokia would mean "soots", but using the plural makes little sense in either language.

Nokia was the setting of one of the largest battles in the Club War, a 1596 peasant uprising against feudal lords. The peasants, armed with clubs (surprise!), took up residence in Nokia Manor and won several skirmishes against the feudal cavalry, but were decisively defeated (surprise again!) by Klaus Fleming in January 1597. Thousands of clubmen were slain and their fled leader, Jaakko Ilkka, was captured a few weeks later and executed. The Club War was the last major peasant revolt in Finland, and it permanently consolidated the hold of the nation state. Much later, in the Finnish Civil War (1918), Nokia (along with neighbouring Tampere) was a Communist stronghold and saw some combat.

But Nokia started on its road to world domination in 1865, when Fredrik Idestam established a pulp mill in Nokia and started manufacturing paper. The factory prospered and a town started to develop around it, replacing what had previously been just farmlands. In 1898, Nokia spawned the Finnish Rubber Works, which manufactured galoshes and later also tires. And for a long time this is what Nokia was known for in Finland: in almost every Finnish home you can still find a pair or two of long black rubber boots, emblazoned with exactly the same "NOKIA" logo as found on Nokia's cellphones.

The first step on the road to telecommunications was taken when the Finnish Cable Works were opened in 1912 in Helsinki. Its 1967 merger with the Rubber Works resulted in the creation of the Nokia Group, by then a vast industrial conglomerate for rubber, cable, paper and electronics products. Combining most of these skills, during the 1970s Nokia developed the DX 200 digital telephone switch and the revenue share of the electronics department started to balloon.

The die was cast in May 1992, when newly elected CEO Jorma Ollila decided to concentrate solely on telecommunications. The rubber, paper and consumer electronics operations were spun off into their own companies (all with names of the form "Nokian X"), but the telecoms group retained the name Nokia for itself. The rest is history – but Nokia the company no longer has any offices in Nokia the town.

Get in[edit]

Map of Nokia

In the station neighbourhood

Local buses which are part of Tampere local transport Nysse network connect Nokia centre to Tampere centre every 30 minutes. You can get to Nokia also with train, which takes about 15 minutes from Tampere, but the trains pass only a few times in a day.

There are direct train and coach connections from Helsinki and Pori to Nokia. Train connections are provided by VR. Timetables for coach connections can be found at Matkahuolto.

Get around[edit]

See Tampere#Get around for information about fares and tickets

The Nysse route planner[dead link] is useful for getting around by bus in Nokia. Bus connections are quite limited outside the center of Nokia.

By electric kick scooter[edit]

See also: Finland#By motorised scooter

German Tier rents electric kick scooters for use in the centre. The companies aim to keep the scooters available also in winter, conditions permitting, but the vehicles are not ideal in snowy or slippery conditions.

By taxi[edit]


The stairs Sataraput in the park Puropuisto

If you're looking for Nokia the company you're in the wrong place, as only one of Nokia's buildings remains in Nokia: a mansion which is used mostly for recreational purposes for the company staff. The headquarters were moved to Helsinki/Espoo, with most other operations in Salo, Tampere and Oulu.

However, old Nokia factories in the factory island (Tehtaansaari) and banks of Nokianvirta close to town centre are worth a visit. From the Nokianvirta bridge a view to the factories is what Nokia is all about. Also Nokia church designed by C.L. Engel is quite nice.

  • 1 Maatialanharju nature trail (Bus stop "Kennonnokka"). More than 5 km long nature trail with varying terrain and scenery. The campfire on the shores of Lake Vihnusjärvi can be reached almost all the way with wagons.
  • 2 Pitkäniemi hospital area, Pitkäniementie 91. A beautiful day's walking trail in a quiet hospital area on the shores of Lake Pyhäjärvi. At the edge of the large grass field there are swings and a small climbing frame, in the area it is possible to go around the path of thoughts with calming tasks. In summer, there are sheep in the hut.


  • 1 Spa Hotel Rantasipi Eden, Paratiisikatu 2, Nokia, +358 3 280 1111. Nokia's primary attraction, this is the swankiest spa and hotel in Finland featuring lots of liquid fun for the whole family. Tropical pool department 1500 m² in size, Finland’s longest water slide, bubbling hot and ice-cold pools, a flowing river, a games area, a golf simulator, a gym, a bowling alley, different types of sauna and pampering treatments. You'll probably need some liquid refreshment after paying the bill though, as day pass prices start at €25 per head. But on the plus side, you can meet there Russians without having to travel to Russia, especially in the winter.
  • 2 Bowling, Pirkkalaistie 1. A relatively new bowling hall at Pirkkalaistie 1, Nokia offers 8-tracks of bowling with a bar serving hamburgers and beer and mixed drinks.
  • 3 Nokia hacklab, Pirkkalaistie 1 (doorbell on a window frame left from "Nokian Portti" entrance), . every Th 17:00-19:00. If you want to meet local DIY enthusiasts, visit the hacklab on a Thursday evening.



This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under €10
Mid-range €10-30
Splurge Over €30

Nokia is a small town, so the selection of restaurants is limited. You don't have to go hungry in Nokia, however. There is a selection of fast food restaurants, a Chinese eatery and a steakhouse.


  • 1 Kulta-Grilli, +358 3422 309. Rounionkatu 63, serves good kebabs and pizzas 'til 21:00. Kebabs are priced €3.50 - €6 and pizzas around €6. Soft drinks. Beer to go.


  • 2 Pepper, M Tu 11:00-00:00, F Sa 11:00-02:00, Su 12:00-00:00, +358 341 5051. Välikatu 18, is a good restaurant where a hungry tourist can find reasonably priced steaks, fish plates, pizzas, pastas and burgers. Daily lunch menu. The kitchen closes daily at 21:00 after which the place serves as a bar.





  • 1 Nokia Camping Viinikanniemi, Viinikanniemenkatu, +358 400-420-772, . Year-round camping site and cottages on a cape of the Pyhäjärvi lake. Free Wi-Fi. There are cheaper "camping cottages" and more expensive "holiday cottages", as well as caravan lots and a tent area. Tents and caravans in season: €20 + €5.50/2.50 per person, off season €25; caravan keeping €1.50 off, €6 in season; camping cottages €40–80 (summer only), holiday cottages €125.




Go next[edit]

Routes through Nokia
PoriSastamala  W  E  → Kolmenkulma (Nokia) → END
RaumaSastamala  W  E  TampereLahti

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