When sightseeing, why not take a moment to see the place where Finland’s former president spent his school years. Today, there is a school for children with intellectual disabilities in the building.
President Urho Kekkonen (1900–1986) was born at the Lepikko croft in Pielavesi and spent his youth in Kainuu. Urho moved to Kajaani with his family at the age of eleven and attended elementary and grammar school in the city. He also excelled in athletics as an adolescent.
During his political career and presidency, he used to visit Kainuu and his former home town, Kajaani, as often as possible. The Väinölä School currently operates in the building and it can only be viewed from outside.