There are seven active villages in the municipality of Savitaipale: Havo, Heituinlahti, Kuivasensaari, Partakoski, Savitaipaleen kirkonkylä, Säänjärvi and Välijoki. These villages have formed an extensive network of village organizations that restore and host meeting places, actively plan and develop happenings and events, and uphold the cultural heritage and historical landscapes. 

During the summer season, the number of residents in Savitaipale increases to almost threefold, thanks to the some 3000 summer cottages in the area.

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Housing

In Savitaipale, we like to describe our town as a modern countryside. Here, you can live in the peacefulness of the countryside but still be close to the main services and stores located in the town centre. Thanks to the fast Internet connections, it is possible to be firmly connected to the world outside, when needed. 

The housing opportunities in Savitaipale are varied. You can feel at home in the closeness of the centre’s services and waterways, as well as the rural peace. For those wishing to build their own houses, there are plenty of single-family plots on offer, as well as housing packages on turnkey options. We also manage more than one hundred rental homes. There are also plans to start building new detached house areas by the lake.


Early childhood education and daycare

Savitaipale has three daycare centres, where all children have an individual early childhood education plan drawn up in co-operation with their parents. The municipality also has preschool, morning and afternoon clubs, as well as a children’s health clinic.


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Education

The municipality has two schools providing basic education, Heituinlahti school and Europaeus school. Heituinlahti teaches students in grades 1 to 6 and Europaeus school grades 1 to 9.

Savitaipale also has a high school Savitaipaleen lukio, which was ranked among the hundred best Finnish high schools in 2015. On Savitaipale’s high school tennis line, one can study and play sports while accumulating credits. The godfather of the tennis line is the successful Finnish tennis player Jarkko Nieminen.

The municipality also has a community college, where both children and adults can study a broad range of artistic and cultural subjects, as well as sports, music and languages. Arts and music education is additionally complemented in the municipality by an art school and a music school.


work and livelihood

The natural conditions in Savitaipale favour plant production, forestry and tourism industries. Basic agriculture continues to play an important role in maintaining the viability of rural areas. The production of farms has shifted increasingly in the direction of crops, which increases the opportunities at farms for the development of other business activities, as well as paid work outside the farms.

Savitaipale has small sawmills, planing mills and wood product industries, as well as mineral and metal companies. Other major forms of business are machine contracting, construction, transportation and food processing. Tourism and its related food and accommodation activities, recreation, treatment and care services, as well as the manufacture of handicraft products are increasing and interesting forms of enterprises.


Business House

The municipality of Savitaipale has renovated real estate vacated by a bank into modern business premises that also support occupational well-being. Business House is a community meeting place, where one may receive support from a range of individuals from varying business elds through informal interaction. The building is the location of work for entrepreneurs, remote workers, and a variety of o ce and wellness entrepreneurs, as well as students and trainees.

Address: Kievarintie 1

Open Mon–Fri 8–15


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Health services

The municipality’s family and social services support residents during their various life stages and situations, such as questions concerning child’s birth and growth, schooling, income, aging, migration and services for persons with disabilities. In addition, a number of businesses and associations complement and support the services provided by the municipality.


Savitaipale Wellbeing Centre

Savitaipale Wellbeing Centre belongs to South Karelia Social and Health Care District (Eksote). The centre’s services include, among others, doctor and nurse receptions, as well as laboratory, x-ray, mental health unit, health clinics, physiotherapy and dental care.

Address: Maitolantie 7
Tel. +358 5 3521 200
www.eksote.fi

Open: Mon–Thu 8–16, Fri and eves to public holidays 8–15. Always call before arriving at the wellbeing centre.

Appointments with nurses and doctors in urgent matters: Mon–Fri 8–10

Matters relating to non-urgent care: Mon–Thu 10–15, Fri 10–14

If you become ill in the evening, at night or during the weekend, call South Karelia Central Hospital emergency department: +358 5 3525 743 (Lappeenranta)

In an emergency, call 112.