World Wife Carrying Championship 2019 -

World Wife Carrying Championship 2019

7:00am 05 Jul - 10:00pm 06 Jul, 2019

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Sonkajärvi, Finland

The Wife Carrying Championship 2019 in Finland is one of the strangest races in the world!

The idea of the Wife Carrying Championships is Sonkajärvi’s very own and, in spite of its humorous aspects, it has deep roots in the local history. One of rad’s 7 most bizarre ‘feats of strength’ events in the world. 

In the late 1800’s there was in the area a brigand called Rosvo-Ronkainen, who is said to have accepted in this troops only those men who proved their worth on a challenging track. In those days, it was also a common practice to steal women from the neighbouring villages.

In addition to the product prize the world champions will receive the equivalent of the wife’s weight in beer, a bag full of wife carrying products and a statue with wife carrying motif.

The second and the third couple as well as the most entertaining couple, the best costume and the strongest carrier will be awarded with wife carrying products and statues.

Wife Carrying World Championships rules

Representatives from around the world will take part the the  31st annual wife carrying championships in 2019. Almost 80 couples compete in groups of 3 on a sand track filled with obstacles. Check out the video below for the 2017 World Wife Carrying Championships highlights:

Wife Carrying Championship Location and Travel

Sonkajärvi is a small municipality (pop. 4247) situated in Northern Savonia province in Finland. The nearest cities to Sonkajärvi are Iisalmi (25 km), Kajaani (75 km ) and Kuopio (105 km). From Sonkajärvi you can find all you need during the weekend: place to crash for the night, grocery store, restaurants etc. For more bigger markets and shopping possibilities there’s only 15 minutes to Iisalmi.

Nearest airports are in Kajaani and Kuopio.

If you are using public transportation, the most convenient you can take a train to Iisalmi and carry on from Iisalmi by bus to Sonkajärvi.  Buses:

Where to stay for Wife Carrying Championship 2019

There are a number of hotels, cabins, guest houses and Airbnb’s close by in Iisalmi. For the best accommodation deals make sure you head to the map below.

Wife Carrying Championship 2019 Dates

The championships will take place on July 5-6, 2019. Grab your partner and head to Finland for an event your’ll never forget.

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3 thoughts on “World Wife Carrying Championship 2019

  1. Chris says:

    How do I sign up to the Wife carrying race?

  2. Daniel Rowland says:


    My name is Daniel Rowland, I work for a television company called Fulwell 73 which is based in the UK. The show involves 3 teams of celebrities who have all been set a series of challenges, and it is their job to try and complete these challenges.

    We would absolutely love for one of our teams to be involved with the Wife Carrying race as one of their challenges. I can see the event takes place on the 5th-6th July, which works perfectly for our schedule. I just wanted to ask a few thing…

    – Would we enter the normal way (if so, are we still able to enter?) or would you be able to guarantee us a place if we mention the competition etc?
    – How strict are the rules on being husband a wife – I.e can two men do it? Or can a man and his girlfriend take part?
    – would we be able to film part of the event? It’s only a very small crew of 2 cameras, and our celebrities, and we’d be focussing on them during the filming.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on all of the above, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any more questions you’d like me to answer!

    Many thanks

  3. Michele says:

    Can’t wait to watch. In Australia and wondering how to watch the Wife Carrying live?

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