Pyhäjoki & Neighbourhood
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Katinka Käyhkö, the project manager of the Welcome to Pyhäjoki project says that there are plenty of events for old and new residents in Pyhäjoki. Photo by Toni Pallari

Why is Pyhäjoki a great place to live in?

Katinka Käyhkö, project manager, talks about what the Welcome to Pyhäjoki project offers to the municipality.

What is the Welcome to Pyhäjoki project?

Welcome to Pyhäjoki is a project supported by the European Social Fund. It prepares Pyhäjoki for the changes brought on by the Hanhikivi 1 project and assists new residents in feeling at home here. We aim for each new resident having a local buddy with whom to go to their first ice hockey game or pick mushrooms, for example.

Who are involved in the project?

I’m responsible for project management, training, and cooperation with businesses, and my colleague Tanja Ryymin handles cooperation with associations and the local TE services, as well as events. We are assisted by our Russian-speaking experience experts Alja Langinen and Lena Kurikka.

How can the project be seen in the municipality?

This fall, we arranged an event called Let’s Eat Together! In addition to locals, the participants included Russian, Latvian, Estonian, Vietnamese, and British people. We also arrange training, workshops, and allow people to teach each other languages using the tandem method. In addition, we are building a network of pilots and buddies. We are planning hunting and fishing courses and trips, for example.

We aim for each new resident having a local buddy with whom to go to their first ice hockey game or pick mushrooms, for example.

How does the project benefit all the people living in Pyhäjoki?

Anybody can attend the events to meet new people, for example. We support locals who are developing their own operations, such as an association that wants to translate its website into English. We also assist companies in creating new services for the local residents and recruiting international experts.

Why is Pyhäjoki a great place to live in?

The people in Pyhäjoki are nice. You see friendly faces when moving about here. We also have plenty of beautiful nature, and Pyhäjoki has a whole lot to do when taking into account its size.

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