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Ylivieska is a town in Southern Oulu region of Northern Finland.


The town is the administrative center of the southern part of the Oulu region and a regional shopping destination especially known for its numerous car dealerships.

Get in[edit]

Map of Ylivieska

By plane[edit]

The closest passenger airports are in Kokkola and Oulu. Outside the town there is an airstrip used by general aviation.

By train[edit]

Ylivieska is located at the main north-south railroad and all trains going from southern Finland to Oulu or Rovaniemi stop here. There is also a track east to Iisalmi.

By bus[edit]

There are direct intercity buses from Jyväskylä, Kokkola, Kajaani and Oulu.

By car[edit]

Ylivieska is two hours south of Oulu, one hour east of Kokkola and about six hours north of Helsinki by car.

Get around[edit]

As you could expect from a town in rural Finland the place itself is small enough to get around by foot, if you need to go further out your options are to drive or to take a taxi.

By taxi[edit]

  • Smartphone apps: Valopilkku, 02 Taksi
  • Otaxi offers taxi service in Ylivieska


Savisilta; the "Clay Bridge"
  • 1 Savisilta and Kalajoki river. The bridge Savisilta across Kalajoki river is the second oldest concrete structure in Finland. It was built in 1912 and is still used today.
  • 2 Jumbo, at the railway station. An old restored steam locomotive.
  • Statues and monuments. The town has plenty of public pieces of art including a statue depicting Kyösti Kallio (president of Finland in the 1930s), several monuments related to WWII and art related to the region like "the flame of the plains".
  • 3 Puuhkala Regional Museum (Puuhkalan kotiseutumuseo), Puuhkalantie 6. open in the summer months, We-Su 12:00-18:00. A museum depicting the history of the region.
  • 4 Helaala mill (Helaalan mylly), Kauppakatu. A former mill right in the town center, hosting an art gallery in the summer.



There are a couple of fairly big shopping malls along the road towards Iisalmi like Kärkkäinen and Prisma.


A local speciality is maitorieska, a white flatbread.




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