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Suomussalmi

Trip Planner Europe  /  Finland  /  Kainuu  /  Wild Taiga  /  Suomussalmi
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Things to do: sightseeing, wildlife areas
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. The municipality has a population of and covers an area of of which is water. The population density is {{Infobox Finnish Municipality/population densitySuomussalmi. The municipality is unilingually Finnish. Ämmänsaari is the biggest built-up area in the municipality.Suomussalmi is the second southernmost part of the reindeer-herding area in Finland.During the Winter War of 1939–40, several battles were fought in the area around Suomussalmi, the most important ones being the Battle of Suomussalmi and the Battle of Raate. In these battles small Finnish forces defeated numerically superior Soviet forces.Formula One racing driver Heikki Kovalainen is from Suomussalmi, as well as the author Ilmari Kianto and the composer Osmo Tapio Räihälä, in addition to the ice hockey player, Janne Pesonen.
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