|• Municipal manager||Kari Heikkilä|
|• Total||909.96 km2 (351.34 sq mi)|
|• Land||804.96 km2 (310.80 sq mi)|
|• Water||105 km2 (41 sq mi)|
|Area rank||122nd largest in Finland|
|• Rank||157th largest in Finland|
|• Density||7.94/km2 (20.6/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||99.3% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||15.3%|
|• 15 to 64||63%|
|• 65 or older||21.8%|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Municipal tax rate||20.75%|
It is located in the Southern Ostrobothnia region. The town has a population of 6,394 (31 August 2013) and covers an area of 909.96 square kilometres (351.34 sq mi) of which 105 km2 (41 sq mi) is water. The population density is 7.94 inhabitants per square kilometre (20.6 /sq mi).
The municipality is unilingual Finnish.
Ähtäri is known for tourism. There is a zoo and hotel Mesikämmen designed by Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen which is partly built within bedrock. The biggest lake in the area is Ähtärinjärvi. There is also a relatively old and small board mill called Vääräkosken Pahvi in Ähtäri.
The largest private sector employers are Inhan Tehtaat, Silver-Veneet, Tankki, and Muovilami.
- "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 31.8.2013" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
- "Population according to language and the number of foreigners and land area km2 by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
- "Population according to age and gender by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
- "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
Media related to Ähtäri at Wikimedia Commons
- Municipality of Ähtäri – Official website