A town (since 1986) in the lake district of Ostrobothnia, population approx. 10200. The majority of the inhabitants earn their living in small businesses and family businesses. Alajärvi is closely connected with architect Alvar Aalto's life and production. He used to spend summers in Alajärvi in his childhood, later in his youth he lived here. Alajärvi is also the birthplace of painter Eero Nelimarkka.