Sastamala

Welcome to the Book Capital of Finland, Sastamala!

Sastamala is a town of around 24,600 residents in Pirkanmaa, western Finland. Sastamala is particularly known for books and churches. The national Finnish book museum Pukstaavi is here, as is the House of Mr. Clutterbuck (inspired by the characters from the children’s books by Mauri Kunnas). History and the church art of Kuutti Lavonen and Osmo Rauhala meet in the historic St. Olaf’s Church.

As well as culture, the town is known for sports and entrepreneurialism; Sastamala team VaLePa are the current Finnish volleyball champions, and the region is home to a large number of different-sized businesses. Many downhill skiers and golfers are also familiar with Sastamala; the Ellivuori ski centre and the 36 hole Lakeside Golf attract customers from quite far afield.  Swiss cheesemaker Peter Dörig’s cheeses are made in Sastamala, and high quality hospital equipment, ambulance equipment and thousands of ball valves find their way into the world from Sastamala every year. Many visitors want to leave with something hand made locally: a leather wallet, shirt, book jewellery, straw goat or perhaps a bag.

Sastamala’s roots are deep in the Finnish countryside, and this is still evidenced in the area’s attitudes and values. Visitors are genuinely welcomed and cared about, whether they are passing through or staying longer.

Whether you are travelling alone or as part of a group, we welcome you as our guest. We will do our best to make your stay enjoyable!