Pietari Brahe founded Kajaani in 1651 by River Kajaaninjoki. The River and the ruins of the historical Kajaani Castle can be found right in the centre of the town.

Kajaani is the regional centre of Kainuu, with a population of almost 38 000. Industries in Kajaani are well presented, ranging from basic services to high international level companies. In Kajaani, everything is close by: cafes, museums, theatre, a water fitness centre, as well as special stores for fashion, beauty and leisure. Furthermore, the history of Kajaani is remarkably rich and worth exploring.

Where is Kajaani located?


Kajaani is located on the east side of Lake Oulujärvi, by River Kajaaninjoki, in the Kainuu region. The neighbouring municipalities include Paltamo, Pyhäntä, Siikalatva, Sonkajärvi, Sotkamo, Vaala and Vieremä, of which Paltamo and Sotkamo are a part of the Kainuu region, and Pyhäntä, Siikalatva and Vaala a part of Northern Ostrobothnia, and Sonkajärvi and Vieremä a part of the Pohjois-Savo region.

The area of Kajaani is 2263,99 km2, of which 1835,09 km2 is land and 428,9 km2 is water. The population is 37 304. The popular density is 20,33 people per km2.


Helsinki 559 km
Oulu 183 km
Kuopio 170 km
Lappeenranta 438 km
Jyväskylä 315 km
Rovaniemi 336 km
Turku 662 km
St. Petersburg 605 km
Kostomuksha 215 km

How to get to Kajaani?

You can travel to Kajaani by bus, train or by plane. A flight from Helsinki to Kajaani only takes about an hour. Kajaani has excellent train connections south, north, east and west.

Purchase flight tickets here.
Purchase flight tickets here.

Purchase bus tickets from the following options: Pohjolan Matka, Pohjolan Liikenne, Onnibus

You can find the timetables and rates for Kajaani region public transportation here.