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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

By plane

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

By train

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

There are direct intercity buses from Jyväskylä, KokkolaKajaani and Oulu.

By car

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

Get around

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

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


  • 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. 


  • 1 Ylivieskatalo Akustiikka, Koulutie 2B. A concert and convention hall. Classical music performances about twice a week. 
  • Ylivieskan Härkäjuhlat. A song festival held yearly in August. 
  • Sun Pampas. Yet another music festival, focusing on country music, held yearly in June. 


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

  • 1 Kärkkäinen, Ollilanojankatu 2. Independent shopping centre. 


A local speciality is maitorieska, a white flatbread.



  • 1 Hotelli Käenpesä, Lintutie 1, ☏ +358 8 423 611, kaenpesa@hotellikaenpesa.fi. A basic, clean hotel in the town center. Also has a restaurant and a pub. rates from €60. 


Go next

  • Kalajoki
  • Oulainen
  • Oulu

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