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Laihia (Swedish: Laihela) is a municipality of Finland, founded in 1576 through a separation from Isokyrö and Korsholm.
It is located in the province of Western Finland and is a part of the Ostrobothnia region. The municipality has a population of 8,121 (31 March 2016) and covers an area of 504.30 square kilometres (194.71 sq mi) of which 4.14 km2 (1.60 sq mi) is water. The population density is 16.11 inhabitants per square kilometre (41.7/sq mi). Laihia consists of 37 villages.
Laihia is within the economical region of the neighbouring city Vaasa. The municipality is unilingually Finnish. Only 79 people speak Swedish as a native language. Most inhabitants speak a dialect typical of this region. The municipal manager is Juha Rikala. There are a total of 469 farms in the municipality.
Laihia is located along the international tourist route Blue Highway, which goes from Norway to Russia via Sweden and Finland.
In Finland, Laihians are renowned for their stinginess (Finnish: nuukuus, saituus, itaruus, piheys or kitsaus) and there are hundreds of jokes told about them. However, Laihians are not usually offended by it. To the contrary, they are proud of their frugality and even have a Museum of Stinginess (Nuukuuren museo). In any case, Laihia has high-level public services for education, health, sports, seniors etc.Santeri Alkio, politician and journalist
Mark Hoppus (born 1972), American singer and musician, of Finnish descent through great-grandparents who emigrated from Laihia
Toivo Kärki, musician
Matti Vanhala, Bank of Finland Governor 1998–2004
Keijo Suila, former CEO of Finnair
Johan Laibecchius (born in Laihia on 19 March 1658), vicar
Kristian Chyraeus (died in Laihia in 1687), vicar
Samuel Backman (died in Laihia 3 April 1712), vicar
Jonas Lagus (died in Laihia 22 April 1798), vicar and dean