Welcome, Sweet Akaa! - Now there is 20 of us

The Honey Festival is a summer event in Akaa, the Honey Capital of Finland. Photo: Markku Rintala.

ECOC Bid Expanding Again: Welcome, Sweet Akaa!

The town of Akaa has decided to join Tampere and Tampere Region’s bid for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2020. The decision was made by Akaa’s municipal board.

With Akaa on board, the bid now includes 20 municipalities. Before Akaa, the latest additions were Urjala and Kuhmoinen, the latter making the switch from Central Finland Region to Tampere Region at the turn of 2021.

Sweet Akaa

The town of Akaa was born on January 1st, 2007, when the town of Toijala and the municipality of Viiala were merged together to form a new town. The town of Akaa continued to grow with the merging of the municipality of Kylmäkoski on January 1st, 2011.

Akaa has branded itself “The Honey Capital of Finland”. This title stems from an extensive urban beekeeping project, methodically implemented in Akaa since 2009.

The town’s beekeepers have positioned their apiaries so that the pollination areas cover all three population centres. There are approximately 40 apiaries, home to over 20 million bees. This is the largest known urban beekeeping plan to have been implemented in Europe.

Akaa’s slogan is Akaa – Makee kaupunki (= Sweet Town). In the 2014 Finnish Championships in Municipal Marketing, organized in Vaasa by the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, the town of Akaa came third with their Sweet Akaa theme.

Akaa is intensively developing the area surrounding the traditional Toijala Railway Station. This development will be further energized in December with the opening of the regional train pilot project.

In December, nine new commuter train services will start to run between Tampere and Akaa. They are designed especially for people commuting to work and their studies. The trains will stop at both Toijala and Viiala stations. Those travelling to Tampere’s evening happenings will also see an improvement in connections with a new extra service leaving Tampere at 11 p.m.