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Hailuoto Forest Cemetery

The Hailuoto cemetery is largely a natural forest cemetery, which has gradually expanded since the beginning of the 19th century to its current size of about two hectares. The cemetery has the stone base of the old church, where services, weddings and devotions are held in the summer. Next to it are the graves of heroes. There are 40 memorial stones for the fallen heroes.

The congregation makes summer maintenance contracts for graves for one or five years at a time.
The cemetery has plenty of old family graves, which are eternal graves. Today, new grave sites are given for 25 or 50 years. The management time of the burial site can be extended when the agreed time expires.

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Hailuoto Forest Cemetery

Excerpt from Rauhan Tervehdys: published on August 16, 2021

The cemetery is at natural state

The Hailuoto cemetery is a forest cemetery, which means it is largely natural. Trees and vegetation are cleared only to the extent necessary for the placement and maintenance of the graves.

Anne-Maria Haapala , the chairperson of the local community association, says that the deceased were buried in the immediate vicinity of the old church until the beginning of the 19th century.

- The current forest cemetery was created as a result of expansion. In the same context, the current cemetery culture also began to develop.

There is no other public burial place in Hailuoto. The island has been permanently inhabited since the 13th century.

According to Haapala, the vegetation of the cemetery is rich and there are, for example, rare moss species.

Entrance fee


Visiting hours

Throughout the year

Contact information


Luovontie 52, Hailuoto, Finland

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