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Vapaa-aika Kalajoella ja Merijärvellä

Leisure in Kalajoki and Merijärvi

Kalajoki offers a wide range of possibilities and events involving youth, sports, cultural and other leisure activities. Such activities are arranged by organisations such as Kalajoki Academy (Kalajoki Akatemia) and the Kalajoki Adult Education Centre (Kalajoen kansalaisopisto).

In Merijärvi, leisure activities are organised by the municipal youth and leisure office (vapaa-aikatoimi) and Jokihelmi Adult Education Centre (Jokihelmen opisto).

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Library

The Alavieska, Kalajoki, Merijärvi, Nivala, Oulainen, Sievi and Ylivieska libraries belong to the Tiekkö library group. You can borrow books from all libraries belonging to this network using the same library card, and renew all of your loans at just one service point or via the internet.

Kalajoki

Kalajoki Main Library (Kalajoen pääkirjasto)
Pohjankyläntie 6, 85100 Kalajoki

Himanka Library (Himangan kirjasto)
Leipämäentie 4, 68100 Himanka

Municipal residents also have the right to use the Kirjameri mobile library. You will find library opening times and the mobile library's route map and schedules on the town's website.

Merijärvi

Merijärvi Municipal Library (Merijärven kunnankirjasto)
Merijärventie 104, 86220 Merijärvi
Tel. 044 477 6270

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linkkiTown of Kalajoki:
Library servicesFinnish

Theatre and cinema

In Kalajoki, films are shown in the auditorium of the Merenoja School (Merenojan koulu) at Pohjankyläntie 6, 85100 Kalajoki.

The town also has a summer theatre: Kesäteatteri Willi Lakeus. For more information, see the town's website.

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linkkiSummer theatre Willi Lakeus:
Summer theatre Willi LakeusFinnish

Museums

You will find the contact information of museums located in the Kalajoki region on the town's website.

The Merijärvi Museum (Merijärven kotiseutumuseo) is located right beside the church in Kirkonmäki in the centre of the municipality.

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linkkiTown of Kalajoki:
MuseumsFinnish

Exercise and sports

Kalajoki and Merijärvi offer a variety of sporting opportunities around the year.

In particular, the Town of Kalajoki supports the sports-related educational activities of voluntary organisations and sports associations. For further information on sports venues and events in Kalajoki, contact the Sports Adviser (liikuntasihteeri) or visit the town's website.

For further details on sports venues and events in Merijärvi, contact the municipality's leisure instructor (vapaa-aikaohjaaja).

Municipality of Merijärvi (Merijärven kunta)
Kunnantie 1, 86220 Merijärvi
Leisure Instructor (Vapaa-aikaohjaaja)
Tel. 044 477 6220

Read more: Sports.

linkkiTown of Kalajoki:
Exercise and sports servicesFinnish

Recreation and travel in nature

For Finns, recreation and travel in nature is a traditional and popular way of recharging your batteries at any time of year. Everyman's rights (Jokamiehen oikeudet) allow people to pick berries and mushrooms and to move around the forest on foot, by bike, or on skis during the winter. However, you may not go into a private household's yard without permission.

You will need a licence to fish, but not to angle (worm fishing) or ice fish. A licence is also required for hunting. Everyman's rights do not give you the right to leave litter lying around, to damage trees or vegetation, to drive vehicles onto someone's land without their permission, or to build.

Kalajoki has a wide range of routes of all kinds for enjoying the wilderness. Some routes are also suitable for people who need wheelchairs and those taking prams. The area has several ski tracks, swimming beaches and nature trails with lean-to shelters, bird watching towers and places for making a fire. Route maps are available from the information point in the town hall.

For more information, see Kalajoki's website.

Merijärvi also offers excellent opportunities for enjoying the outdoors. For more information, see the municipal website.

Read more: Recreation and travel in nature.

linkkiMinistry of the Environment:
Everyman's rights (Jokamiehen oikeudet)Finnish | Swedish | English

linkkiTown of Kalajoki:
Exercise and sports servicesFinnish

linkkiMunicipality of Merijärvi:
Exercise and sports servicesFinnish

Hobbies for children and young people

Kalajoki has two youth centres, which host open nights and various events.

Alex Youth Centre (Nuorisotila Alex), Etelänkyläntie 42, 85100 Kalajoki.
Open Mon, Wed and Fri 6 pm–9 pm and, for girls only, Tue 5 pm–8 pm.

Rehis Youth Centre (Nuorisotila Rehis), Himanka.
Open Mon, Wed and Fri 6 pm–9 pm and, for girls only, Tue 3 pm–7 pm.

There are also a number of sports clubs in the Kalajoki region. For further information on the town's youth services (nuorisopalvelut) and the contact information of clubs see the town's website.

In Merijärvi, enquiries about leisure activities can be made with the municipal youth and leisure office (vapaa-aikatoimi).

Municipality of Merijärvi (Merijärven kunta)
Kunnantie 1, 86220 Merijärvi
Leisure Instructor (Vapaa-aikaohjaaja)
Tel. 044 477 6220

For tips on events, hobbies and activities for young people, see Settinetti.

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linkkiTown of Kalajoki:
Youth servicesFinnish | English | Russian

linkkiTown of Kalajoki:
Youth services' Facebook pagesFinnish

linkkiTown of Kalajoki:
Register of AssociationsFinnish

Hobbies for elderly people

Kalajoki's Adult Education Centre (kansalaisopisto) offers opportunities for enjoying and studying subjects such as art, handicrafts, dance, sports and languages.

On the other hand, Kalajoki Academy (Kalajoki Akatemia) runs a wide range of sports, cultural and leisure activities which are also intended for elderly people.

Pensioner's associations also organise activities for the elderly. You can find information on such associations on the register of associations on the town's website.

Read more: Hobbies for elderly people.

linkkiTown of Kalajoki:
Register of AssociationsFinnish

Associations

A wide range of associations are active in Kalajoki. You can find information on active associations on the register of associations on the town's website.

Read more: Associations.

linkkiTown of Kalajoki:
Register of AssociationsFinnish