Forssa [ fɔrs ː ɑ ] is an industrial city in the Finnish Häme region with 17,732 inhabitants (as of 31 December 2012).

Forssa is located in the west of the river landscape Tavastia Proper Loimijoki. The neighboring communities of Forssa are Tammela in the southeast, Jokioinen and Humppila in the west and in the north Urjala. The city is the center of the eponymous administrative community ( seutukunta ); many residents of neighboring communities commute to work to Forssa. Forssa located in the densely populated area between the southern Finnish cities of Helsinki, Turku and Tampere. The nearest major town is 56 km east Hämeenlinna, the distance to the capital Helsinki is approximately 110 kilometers.

The actual city Forssa consists of the districts Haudankorva, Järvenpää, Kaikula, Keskusta, Kalliomäki, Korkeavaha, Kuhala, Kuusto, Lamminranta, Linikkala, Ojalanmäki, Paavola, Pikku - Muolaa, Pispanmäki, Talsoila, Vieremä, Viksberg and Tölö. In addition, the 254.6 -square-mile municipality covers a portion of the surrounding rural areas to the towns and the villages Koijärvi and Matku Ahoniitty, Haisio, Ilvesoja, Järvenpää, Kojo, Lunttila, Vuolle, Lempää, Rekirikko, Kukkapää, Vuoltu, Kalsu, Saviniemi, Raitoo and Suonpää.

Forssa arose when the Swedish producer Axel Wilhelm Wahren 1847, a spinning mill at a rapids of Loimijoki. Around the factory was built in the following years, a populous village. Until the 1970s, the textile industry was the main industry in Forssa. The heavily influenced by the industrial site was one of the strongholds of the Finnish labor movement: At its convention in Forssa 1903, the Finnish Workers' Party adopted its new program, and adopted the present name Social Democratic Party of Finland. 1923 Forssa was released from the community Tammela and raised into an independent market town. In 1964 Forssa eventually became the city that grew again in 1969 by the amalgamation of Koijärvi.

Today, in addition to the textile industry, the food processing and printing important industries in Forssa. The largest resident in the city is operating the food producer HK Ruokatalo. The Finnish economy crisis of the early 1990s was a serious blow to the development of Forssa. Since then takes the population of the city, which had amounted to in the 1980s, still about 20,000, from constant.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Esko Aaltonen (1893-1966), sociologist and folklorist
  • Pentti Niinivuori (1931-1988), Boxer
  • Kalevi Aho ( b. 1949 ), composer
  • Petri Kujala (born 1970 ), ice hockey player
  • Anita Hakala (born 1971 ), cross-country skier and biathlete
  • Johanna Paasikangas - Tella ( b. 1974 ), chess player

The City Council of Forssa

Designed by Josef Stenbäck Church of Forssa was built from 1914 to 1917.