Laihia is a town in Ostrobothnia, Finland. Like the inhabitants of Scotland and Gabrovo the locals have a reputation of stinginess which is the theme of the Laihia jokes. The town even has a Museum of Stinginess!
All trains from elsewhere to Vaasa pass through Laihia.
Buses from Vaasa eastward pass through the town.
Like the Scots, the allegedly extremely stingy locals of Laihia are the theme of jokes in Finland. For instance, a Laihian was in Vaasa and when asked what he was doing there, he told people he was on a honeymoon. "But where is your bride then"? they asked him. "She already has been to Vaasa once".
- Laihia local museum (Laihian Kotiseutumuseo). Like other similar museums in Finland, this museum showcases the daily life one or two centuries ago. One speciality of the one in Laihia is Nuukuuren Museo — the museum of stinginess. It's aptly located in a shack from the 18th century which apparently was still inhabited in the 1980's.
In addition there are a couple of monuments dedicated to Santeri Alkio. Originally from Laihia, he founded what today is the Finnish Centre Party, was among the members of the first Finnish parliament in 1907 and stayed an important political personality during the first years of Finnish independence.
|Routes through Laihia|
|Umeå () ← Vaasa ←||N S||→ Jalasjärvi → Helsinki|