Ikaalinen (Swedish Ikalis ) is a small town in Western Finland and the largest spa in the country. The city is monolingual Finnish speakers. It is located around 50 km north- west of Tampere by the National Road 3 to Vaasa on the west bank of the lake Kyrösjärvi.
The community Ikaalinen was founded as early as in 1641 and included the villages to the west and north of the Kyrösjärvi. 1858 eponymous place was Ikaalinen removed as a market town from the community association. He was the first spots of its kind in Finland, but evolved over the years, mainly because of the competition from the nearby city Tampere very hesitant. Still in 1920 had the spots Ikaalinen only around 250, the rural community of 12,500 inhabitants on the other hand; until 1972 they were united again. 1977 received the municipality the municipal law.
The bathhouse was founded in 1884 by the merchant GN Eränen and has developed into a popular holiday destination. In recent decades, some industries have settled in Ikaalinen, including the textile group Finlayson. 1982, the national park was established Seitseminen where Ikaalinen in the north district has its share.
Ikaalinen is part of the historic landscape Satakunta and counted to 1997 Lääni Turku and Pori ( Turun ja Porin lääni ). Only with the Finnish administrative reform of 1997, the city landscape of Pirkanmaa was slammed.
In Ikaalinen twice a week the local newspaper Pohjois- Satakunta has a circulation of approximately 6,000 copies. The city is also the seat of the radio station Sun FM ( Radio Satahäme to 2005 ).
The municipality Ikaalinen next to the eponymous capital consists of the following villages:
Haapimaa Heinistö, Heittola, Light, Höytölä, Isoröyhiö, Jauhokuononmaa, Juhtimäki, Jylli, Kallionkieli, Kalmaankylä, Karhoinen, Karttu, Kiiala, Kilvakkala, Kolkko, Kovelahti, Kurkela, Leutola, Luhalahti, Läykkälä, Miettinen, Myllykarttu, Niemi, Riitiala, Sammi, Sarkkila, Saukko, Sisättö, Sikuri, Sipsiö, Tevaniemi, Varessalmi, Vatsiainen, Vatula, Vehuvarpe, Viljala, Vähäröyhiö, Välikylä.
Sons and daughters
- Matti Pitkänen (* 1951), cross-country skiers
- Krista Lähteenmäki (* 1990), cross-country skier