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Ecological Pioneers

Laihia jokes about stinginess amuse year after year. In jokes, frugality is exaggerated so much that it strikes back at itself. The people of Laihela, however, have always been able to value frugality in a proper way, and an example of this is the Museum of Stinginess where you get to know the core of Laihia’s stinginess in a delightful peasant landscape.

The Museum of Stinginess and its environment is at a good location for a nice day trip. The distance from Vaasa is only around 20 km so the trip can even be made by bicycle. There are more than enough parking for people coming by car from further away. On the same trip, you should stop by the Captain’s house in Hulmi that is located nearby. The building has an interesting history, because it played a central role in the 1918 civil war battle known as “the Oak Sunday”.

Along the national road, close to the village of Ruto, grows a pine tree which, according to rumors, would previously even have been illustrated on the five-mark bill. Some Laihia residents may still have saved old bills, but it is easier to find the current currency, the stretched “Laihia-euro”, as they are sold in shops in the city center.


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What could be better suited to the mental landscape for frugality than a restaurant called Vanha Pankki (The Old Bank). However, the portions in the restaurant located in the center of Laihia, are not stingy, so visitors will surely be satisfied with Vanha Pankki’s menu. And eating well is like putting money in the bank, right?

Ecological thinking, reduction of disposable consumption and natural values are raising their heads everywhere, so the people of Laihela have been far ahead of their time as they have emphasized these values for several decades.

Today, stinginess in Laihela is something completely different from what the jokes suggest. Ecological thinking, reduction of disposable consumption and natural values are raising their heads everywhere, so the people of Laihela have been far ahead of their time as they have emphasized these values for several decades. The proximity to nature is felt everywhere in the municipality, but the excursion destination Rajavuori and Kurjenkierros, a network of hiking trails that stretch across several municipalities, attracts locals and tourists on hikes and excursions.


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We round up with a joke from Laihia:

“What is summer soup like in Laihia?”

“Water on a plate with flower pattern.”

Despite the roughness of it, the message of the joke is full of hope. Flowers and other richness can be found everywhere, despite the circumstances. The staff of Visit Vaasa wish you a rich, cheap visit to Laihia!

Funderar ni på en utflykt i helgen. Här finns en trevlig plats och med vandringsleder där det är inga problem att hålla…

Julkaissut Raymond Wesander Torstaina 30. huhtikuuta 2020


As your travel guide in Laihia, Raymond Wesander.

Text published 18.5.2020.


  • Kurjenkierros (Crane's Path)

    Jurvantie 1259, Laihia

    About 45 kilometres long hiking route through the Nature reserve Levaneva. Starting from Rajavuoren Wild Life and Hiking Centre in Laihia.

  • Laihia Museum and the Museum of Stinginess

    Rudontie 234, Laihia

    Laihian Kotiseutumuseo

    The Laihia Museum and the Museum of Stinginess are a versatile travel destination for the whole family. The objects and buildings in the museum tell the tale of a typical Ostrobothnian estate of the late 19th century. The famous stinginess of the people of Laihia is represented with worn-out items, with a twinkle in the eye.

    The Laihia Museum is situated in the Rapila House built in 1827. The building is on its original site, but the museum was relocated there in the 1970s. Rapila used to be a wealthy estate; the walls were for instance painted and decorated with floral patterns.

    In the museum are over 5 000 artefacts and 16 buildings, the oldest one of them a grain barn from the year 1731. The objects date back to the 18th and 19th century. One of the oldest items in the museum is a bridal bench with the year “1683” carved in its back. There are also displayed grave heaps discovered in Laihia and for instance ancient findings dating back to the Iron Age. On view in the attic are tools and textiles, for example pieces of clothing from the wartime.

    +358 40 501 8521


  • Vanha Pankki

    Ruutintie 2 D, Lahia

    The restaurant offers tasty lunches on weekdays. During the weekend, Vanha Pankki has Street Food on the menu, fast-food portions to eat on site or for take away.

    Weekday evenings, the restaurant, that can seat 50 persons, is available for private events, where the menu can be made according to the customer’s wishes.


    +358 40 861 9565


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