Position of Konala within Helsinki
|Area||2.32 km2 (0.90 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,918/km2 (4,970/sq mi)|
Konala (Finnish), Kånala (Swedish) is a subdistrict of Helsinki, Finland. Konala has about 4500 inhabitants and about 3000 jobs. Konala is situated in Luoteis-Helsinki, north of Kehä I and Pitäjänmäki, west of Malminkartano and Kannelmäki. It is bordered from south by Kehä I, east by greenzone which separates at the industrial area along Vihdintie and at the west at Espoo's border.
The houses are mainly small apartment houses and town houses. The area also contains industrial and commercial enterprises . Vihdintie has several automotive companies. Konala-seura estimated that Konala is considered a safe place to live.
Konalantie splits Konala into two divergent parts. On the east side of Konalantie there are regional blocks of industry, business and apartment blocks. On the west side of the road there are more quieter terraced houses. A good example of this is Äestäjäntien houses. Konala’s northern part, between Uusmaki (which belongs to Vihdintie and Espoo) there is a new, wooden fledged Lehtovuori residential area.
Konalan ala-aste, a primary school,operates at two separate locations. A so-called "big school" is located at Riihipellonkuja, and was founded in 1981. This schoolhouse is a low white building and it teaches grades 1-6 and a special class. Near the border of Espoo, there is the Hilatien Koulu, which is called "little school", was founded in 1990 and has the grades 1-2. The "little school" was closed in 2011/2012 due to unclean air problems.
Konala was attached as a part of Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki city, in 1946 in Helsingin suuressa alueliitoksessa (Helsinki's large area junction). Before that it belonged to Helsinki's parish (which is now Vantaa). Konala became its own borough in 1959.
Results of the Finnish parliamentary election, 2011 in Konala:
- National Coalition Party 27.4%
- Social Democratic Party of Finland 19.1%
- True Finns 18.1%
- Green League 12.6%
- Left Alliance 7.5%
- Centre Party 5.9%
- Swedish People's Party 3.8%
- Christian Democrats 2.5%
- Rap-band Konala Cartelli was founded in Konala.
- TV shows, such as MTV3's popular Salatut elämät ("Secret Lives"), are filmed at a studio in Konala.
- A board-game by Konalan ala-aste parents-association called Konala-peli (Konala-game) was published in 1995.
- Scandinavia's largest rehearsal complex, Indie Center, which rents it's rehearsal areas for bands.
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