Kauhajoki is a town and municipality of Finland. The city is unilingually Finnish. It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Southern Ostrobothnia region. The population of Kauhajoki is 14,380 (31 December 2009) and the municipality covers an area of 1,299.27 km (501.65 sq mi) of which 16.45 km (6.35 sq mi) is inland water (1 January 2009). The population density is 11.07 /km (28.7 /sq mi).
The Battle of Kauhajoki was fought between Swedish and Russian troops on August 10, 1808. After the important Swedish victory at the Battle of Lapua the force under the command of Georg Carl von Döbeln defeated a Russian force near Kauhajoki, Finland.
The Kauhajoki school shooting was a school shooting that occurred on 23 September 2008, at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences in Kauhajoki, a city in Western Finland. The gunman, 22-year-old culinary arts student Matti Juhani Saari, shot and fatally injured ten people with a semi-automatic pistol, before shooting himself in the head. He died a few hours later in Tampere University Hospital. One woman was injured but was in a stable condition.