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Kuopio

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Observation Decks · Government Buildings · Specialty Museums
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. A population of makes it the ninth biggest city in the country. The city has a total area of, of which is water and half forest. The population density is only round 0}}, but the city's urban areas are populated very densely (urban area: 1 618 /km²), nationally second only to capital Helsinki (urban area: 1,690.0/km²).Since 1969 Kuopio has grown extensively through municipality mergers. Kuopio’s population surpassed the 100,000 mark when the town of Nilsiä joined Kuopio at the beginning of 2013.NameThere are several explanations behind the name Kuopio. The first is that in the 16th century, a certain influential person named Kauhanen in Tavinsalmi changed his name to Skopa and the people's pronunciation was Coopia and finally Cuopio. The second explanation is that it comes from the verb kuopia, meaning "paw", as when a horse paws the ground with its hoof. A third hypothesis is that it came from a certain Karelian man's name Prokopij, from Ruokolahti in the Middle Ages. This is the most probable explanation, supported by the Research Institute for the Languages of Finland.
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Government Building
Kuopio Market City Hall
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Observation Deck
Puijo Tower
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Water Body
Valkeisenlampi
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Kuopion Korttelimuseo
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Kuopio

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Specialty Museum
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
Kuopio Art Museum
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
VB Photographic Centre
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Kuopio

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Hiking Trail
Ukko-Koli Hill Koli National Park
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
New Valamo Monastery Heinavesi
4.1
Duration: 4 hours
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National Park
Linnansaari National Park Rantasalmi
4.7
Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Kuopio

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Specialty Museum
Kuopion Automuseoon
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Hiking Trail
Saaristokatu
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
State Park
Snellman Park
3.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Landmark
Satamankulma
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Kuopio

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Shopping Mall
Matkus Shopping Center
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Pikku Pietarin Torikuja
3.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Spas in Kuopio

Spa
Jatkankamppa Smoke Sauna
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Specialty Museum
RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
St. Nikolaos Cathedral
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Church
Lutheran Cathedral
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Landmark
Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla Joensuu
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min