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Marja Pisilä and Riikka Kylmäoja (née Ylikauppila) talk about their home town. Pyhäjoki is drawing plans for new family home sites to make room for new residents. Photo and video: Toni Pallari

Video: Pyhäjoki residents introduced their home town in Helsinki

Municipalities in the Oulu and Kokkola regions are preparing for the arrival of Fennovoima’s employees. Watch our video to see why the people of Pyhäjoki think it is a great place to live.

While Fennovoima gets ready to move its operations to Pyhäjoki, the municipalities of the immediate region work to build stronger services and prepare marketing materials to attract new residents. The municipalities are highly motivated to increase their population. Fennovoima’s employees, on the other hand, are looking for a nice home town.

The marketing effort may begin at city halls and Fennovoima's offices, but it also extends to meeting people at various events in northern Finland as well as the capital region.

Watch a video of what happened at the Salmisaari headquarters on May 15 and how the Pyhäjoki delegates prepared for the journey.

15 municipalities of the Oulu and Kokkola regions introduced at the municipality event

This May, dozens of municipal representatives came to Fennovoima’s headquarters to talk about what's great about their home towns.

The group included Marja Pisilä and Riikka Kylmäoja (née Ylikauppila), who work for the municipality of Pyhäjoki, and two students of the upper secondary school, Julius Yrjänä and Santeri Puhakka.

“I have lived in Helsinki and in Tampere. Still, I need to hear the rapids of the Pyhäjoki river to know that I’m home. For me, Pyhäjoki is a haven where people have time to enjoy life,” Pisilä says, describing her native town.

Busy years of relocation are approaching

The Hanhikivi 1 project has already brought new citizens and returning migrants to Pyhäjoki and the region, but 2019 and 2020 are expected to be the busiest years of moving in.

At the moment, about 40 people work for Fennovoima in Pyhäjoki. The company employs more than 370 people in total. With a few exceptions, all these jobs will relocate to Pyhäjoki.

 Director Pasi Pitkänen of the Raahe District Development Center and communications officer Anna Yli-Saunamäki of Fennovoima met at the municipality event held in May. The event gathered representatives from Raahe and 14 other municipalities in the Oulu and Kokkola regions.