Saarijärvi is a Finnish city located in the Saarijärvi-Viitasaari
region, in the province of Central Finland. The city has a
population of 9,268 and an area of 1,422.72 km2, of which 171.02 km2
are water bodies. The population density is 7.4 inhabitants / km2
and it is located about 60 kilometers north of Jyväskylä.
Saarijärvi's neighboring municipalities are Kannonkoski, Karstula, Multia, Soini, Uurainen, Ähtäri and Äänekoski.
The municipality of Pylkönmäki (915 inhabitants) was annexed to Saarijärvi at the beginning of 2009.
Saarijärvi is home to Mahlun Maapallopatsas, Puuhapuisto Veijari, Ahvenlammi camping site, spa hotel Summassaari, Pyhä-Häkki National Park and Kivikaus village.
Saarijärvi's valuable cultural environment includes the Kolkanlahti farm, which houses the Säätyläismuse, and the Kolkanniemi rectory.
In February 2014, Timo Rusanen started as the mayor of Saarijärvi after Janne Kinnunen became the mayor of Viitasaari in October 2013.
The Saarijärvi region has been inhabited for more than 8,000 years, commemorating archeological finds in the Summassaari area and the Stone Age village. Written records of settlement begin in the 1550s, when King Gustav Vaasa led intensive settlement activities. Thus, in 1628, the chapel parish of the parish of Rautalammi was established in the area, which soon in 1639 became an independent parish. At that time, Saarijärvi was still known as Palvasalmi, and it included the later municipalities of Karstula, Pylkönmäki and Kyyjärvi in full, as well as parts of Uurainen, Konginkangas and Äänekoski. In 1749, the population of Old Saarijärvi was 1,380. By 1860, the population had grown to 7,440. Saarijärvi became a city in 1986.