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Information about Merijärvi


Local information

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Basic information


Merijärvi was founded in 1866. The town has 1,180 inhabitants. Its surface area is 238 km2, of which water bodies account for 9 km2. Merijärvi offers a peaceful and reasonably priced range of residential options in a beautiful country setting close to nature. Its municipal services are well maintained and are easily available for everyone, with no need to queue. Merijärvi is in a central location, close to nearby town centres and their wide range of shopping options.


Merijärvi is on regional road 786. The nearest railway stations are around half an hour's drive from Kalajoki. Kalajoki has a deep-water harbour.

Bus services

For information on timetables contact: Kalajoki Travel Services (Kalajoen Matkahuolto)
Tel. 08 460 686
Open Mon–Fri 9 am–1 pm and 2.15 pm–5 pm

Further information is available on the Travel Services (Matkahuolto) website.

Rail services

The closest railway stations to Merijärvi are located in Oulainen and Ylivieska. You can get there in your own car or by bus.

Bus services to Merijärvi, enquiries Travel Service (Matkahuolto)
Tel. 020 710 5455

See the website of the Finnish national rail service VR for further details on train timetables.

Flight services

From Merijärvi, the closest airports are located in Kokkola (Kruunupyy) and Oulu (Oulunsalo).

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A parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland operates from Merijärvi, for further details see the website of the Ylivieska parish.

The nearest parishes of the Orthodox Church are located in Oulu and Kiuruvesi. An Orthodox Church prayer room, or tsasouna, built in 2014 is located at the Kalajoki Sand Dunes (Kalajoen Hiekkasärkät). For more information, see the parishes' websites.

There is a Catholic parish, which mainly operates from Oulu. For more information, see the parish's website.

The Islamic Society of Northern Finland is based in Oulu. For more information, see the society's website.

You can find more information on issues related to religion, based on your religious community and location, via the Religions in Finland online service.

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Decision-making and public engagement


Merijärvi's highest decision-making body is its 15-member Municipal Council. Minutes of meetings of the Municipal Council and Board are available on the municipality's website. Initiatives and suggestions can be made on the municipal website.

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