“A municipality bigger than itself” – Evijärvi is a cheerful and entrepreneurial municipality that offers wide range of different kind of services and a safe environment surrounded by beautiful lake landscape. The municipality is located in Järviseutu, on the border of Southern and Central Ostrobothnia and Swedish-speaking Ostrobothnia at the intersection of roads 63 and 68.


“A piece of heaven” – Lappajärvi, a provincial lake that was born from a meteorite impact approx. 77 million years ago, is unique in the conditions of Southern Ostrobothnia. Lappajärvi offers the residents, cabin dwellers, summer vacationers and other tourists a setting and surroundings beyond compare.


“A small municipality – many heroes” – The Järviseutu dialect is spoken in Vimpeli. Vimpeli offers its residents safe and entrepreneurial environment for living and working as well as good opportunities for exercise and hobbies. Vimpeli has a strong and powerful appeal.


“Authentic life in the middle of the waves” – Alajärvi is the attractive center of business and educational activities, local services and work that is not tied to a place in eastern South Ostrobothnia. Alajärvi offers the possibility to discover Alvar Aalto’s production.


“Nature at its peak” – Soini was founded in 1868. Soini is located in South Ostrobothnia at the watershed area in the middle of Suomenselkä. The Ähtäväjoki which is also known as Kuninkaanjoki in Soini originates from the watershed.


Ähtäri is located on the border of three provinces in the middle of the most beautiful Finnish lake landscape. Known for tourism and pandas, Ähtäri is also the center of European aluminum boat production.

Virtual Tourism Project

“Virtual real cultural experience and virtual trip in the UNESCO Geopark (search) area on a new digital platform” is a project coordinated by the municipality of Lappajärvi and funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The aim of the project is to strengthen cultural tourism in Finland and to support cultural tourism’s revival and adaptation to the operating environmentwhich has changed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Tourism is a key sector in the Crater Lake Geopark area with a strong historical connection to the local culture. The culture at the region creates the basis of living for the local inhabitants and ithas had a diverse face from the Stone Age to the modern social media culture. The cultural locations in the Geopark area are the most significant tourism attractions.

The possibility to experience these locations virtually increases equality and sustainable development. Virtuality also aims to increase the accessibility of cultural experiences making it possible fornew target groups to enjoy them also. Using virtual technology, the producers of cultural experiences have the opportunity to get a larger share of tourism for themselves.

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