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Otava (publisher)

Otava Publishing Company Ltd. (Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava in Finnish) is a major Finnish publisher of books. It was founded in 1890 and now is the second largest in Finland. It publishes fiction, non-fiction, books for teenagers and children, multimedia and teaching materials. The number of new titles a year exceeds 400. Otava has also been at the forefront of encyclopedia-publishing in Finland, with many well-known series, such as the Otavan Suuri Ensyklopedia (Otava's Big Encyclopedia). Writers whose work Otava has published over the years include Frans Emil Sillanpää, Eino Leino, Paavo Haavikko, Pentti Saarikoski and Laila Hirvisaari. The parent company Otava Group also owns Suomalainen Kirjakauppa.

The name Otava means the Big Dipper.

Otava (river)

The Otava is a river in West and South Bohemia, Czech Republic. It is long and is a left tributary of the Vltava. The river flows through several towns, including Sušice, Strakonice and Písek. The river's name is of Celtic origin. It is a popular river for water sports. The local dialect of Prachens also uses the name "Wotāva".

Otava (island)

Otava is an island in the Archipelago Sea, Finland. It is situated west of Naantali and has an area of .

Category:Finnish islands in the Baltic


Otava may refer to:

  • Otava (publisher), Finnish publishing house
  • Otava (river), river in the Czech Republic
  • Otava, Finnish name for the asterism Big Dipper
  • Otava (island), an island in the Archipelago Sea
  • 4405 Otava, an asteroid.
Otava (village)

Otava is a major village in Mikkeli (until 2001 Mikkelin maalaiskunta), Eastern Finland. With the population of 2000 it is the largest urban area in the surrounding areas of Mikkeli. In 1889 one of the main railways in Finland, Savon rata, and a sidetrack to Otava harbour were built through Otava, although trains do not stop there anymore. Also highway 5 goes by the village.