President Kekkosen’s Kajaani

President Urho Kekkonen (1900-1986) was born in the Lepikko cottage in Pielavesi and spent his childhood in Kajaani.  When he was eleven, he and his family moved to Kajaani where he went to primary and secondary school.  In his youth, he was a successful field athlete. During his political career and presidency, he used to visit Kainuu and his old hometown Kajaani as often as he could.

The following destinations are located in Kajaani and stand in memory of President Urho Kekkonen.

Urho Kekkonen Memorial Suuri Aika – Grand Time

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Cast in bronze, standing 8 metres tall, the sculpture is the first national monument made in honour of a Finnish President outside of Helsinki. The scuplture was made by Pekka Kauhanen in Espooo and unveiled in 3 September 1990, on the 90th anniversary of Urho Kekkonen’s birth.

Urho Kekkonen’s home
Urho Kekkonen lived in a corner apartment in Kajaani until 1926. The building wall is decorated by a relief by Matti Hynynen. Today, the house is used as an office building.

Urho Kekkonen’s school
Now called Väinölä School
President Urho Kekkonen entered the second grade in Kajaani secondary school and passed his matriculation examination in 1919. Today it is a school for children with special needs. One of the school walls is decorated by a relief by Matti Koskela.