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.
Representatives from around the world take part 30th year in 2018. 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:
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: www.matkahuolto.fi
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