Valkeakoski is a city of about 21,000 inhabitants, located 35
kilometers south of Tampere. It belongs to the province of Pirkanmaa
and the region of South Pirkanmaa.
Valkeakoski is especially known for the paper industry and as a diverse city of culture and sports. The neighboring municipalities of Valkeakoski are Akaa, Hattula, Hämeenlinna, Kangasala, Lempäälä and Pälkäne.
Valkeakoski is located in the middle of the Lake Häme lake landscape at the confluence of Mallasvesi and Vanajavesi. Water dominates the cityscape of the center in the form of a canal passing through it.
The electrical energy obtained from the harnessed power of the rapids between Maltasvesi and Vanajavesi was at one time the enabler of the establishment of one of Finland's first paper mills, the Myllysaari paper mill.
The Myllysaari paper mill has already been closed and now houses a museum.
UPM-Kymmene Corporation's Tervasaari paper mill right next to Myllysaari continues the traditions of the paper industry in the area.
The Tervasaari paper mill produces label paper with two paper machines. The mill is currently a smaller paper mill with an annual production of 350,000 tons. Tervasaari produces the most label background paper in the world.
At the beginning of the 20th century, a narrow-gauge 600 mm gauge Valkeakoski factory track ran between the factories and the log plan of Hakala beach.
Valkeakoski Day is October 27.