Salo is a town and municipality of Finland.
It is in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Southwest Finland region. The municipality has a population of 52,312 (January 31, 2019) and covers an area of 2,168.30 square kilometres (837.19 sq mi) of which 181.78 km2 (70.19 sq mi) is water. The population density is 26.33/km2 (68.2/sq mi).
Salo is located between the capital Helsinki and the provincial capital Turku, making it a busy small city. The short distance from these bigger cities keeps the Salo region and its business life growing. Farming also plays a considerable part in the area. Salo’s neighbouring municipalities are Koski, Lohja, Kemiönsaari, Marttila, Paimio, Raseborg, Sauvo and Somero.
The ”Coastal railway” from Helsinki to Turku and further to Turku Harbour crosses the town center; all InterCity trains and most of the high-speed Pendolino trains stop at Salo railway station. The closest airports are Turku Airport (limited number of domestic and international flights) and Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.
Photo: Jyrki Ikonen / City of Salo