Laukea was built as a military base by Itemmasse Empire in 804 AD, but only ten years later a tribe named Emartines conquered the site.
Emartines had the capital of their short-lived empire in Laukea. In the Nestorian Holy War IV (911-915) the kingdom of Bigiste conquered Laukea and demolished the Emartine empire.
The town saw only little action before the Ismer War (1521-34), in which Laukea was burnt.
The next time the ownership of the town changed in 1776, when Gesider and Cardoby partitioned Bigiste; Laukea was given to Gesider. In 1887 Cardoby and newly-born Ardenjost partitioned Gesider; Laukea was given to Cardoby. In War of Laukea (1902-1906) the authoritarian Cuopio got the town. Cuopio has since become democratic, but Laukea is still a part of it.
There are railways going to 4 directions, and the only maglev railway in Savonia goes through the city.
Commuter collective traffic includes eg. fast trams.