Imatra

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Imatra
Town
Imatran kaupunki
The dam of Imatra
The dam of Imatra
Coat of arms of Imatra
Coat of arms
Imatra.sijainti.suomi.2008.svg
Coordinates: 61°11′N 028°46′E / 61.183°N 28.767°E / 61.183; 28.767Coordinates: 61°11′N 028°46′E / 61.183°N 28.767°E / 61.183; 28.767
Country Finland
Region South Karelia
Sub-region Imatra sub-region
Charter 1948
Government
 • Town manager Pertti Lintunen
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 191.28 km2 (73.85 sq mi)
 • Land 154.99 km2 (59.84 sq mi)
 • Water 36.29 km2 (14.01 sq mi)
Area rank 307th largest in Finland
Population (2014-01-31)[2]
 • Total 28,313
 • Rank 38th largest in Finland
 • Density 182.68/km2 (473.1/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 97% (official)
 • Swedish 0.1%
 • Others 2.9%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 13.8%
 • 15 to 64 64.1%
 • 65 or older 22.1%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.5%
Website www.imatra.fi

Imatra is a town and municipality in eastern Finland, founded in 1948 around three industrial settlements near the Finnish–Russian border. In the course of the last 50 years, this amorphous group of settlements has grown into a modern industrial town dominated by Lake Saimaa, the Vuoksi River and the border. It gained its municipal charter in 1971.

On the other side of the border, 7 kilometres (4 mi) away from the centre of Imatra, lies the Russian town of Svetogorsk. St Petersburg is situated 210 km (130 mi) to the southeast, Finland's capital Helsinki is 230 km (140 mi) away and Lappeenranta, the nearest Finnish town, is 37 km (23 mi) away. Imatra belongs to the administrative province of Southern Finland and the region of South Karelia.

An Art Nouveau or Jugend style castle, currently known as Imatran Valtionhotelli, was built near the rapids in 1903 as a hotel for tourists from the Russian Imperial capital Saint Petersburg.

The main employers are Stora Enso Oyj, Town of Imatra, Ovako Bar Oy Ab and the Finnish Border Guard. As of October 2003, total number of employees was 12,423.[6] As of December 2004, 1,868 employees were employed by the Town of Imatra.

Imatra is the birthplace of National Hockey League players Jussi Markkanen and Petteri Nokelainen.

The current mayor of Imatra is Pertti Lintunen.

In motorsport history, Imatra is best known for its road races (former TT-race) from 1963 to 1986. From 1962 to 1982 it was the home of the Finnish motorcycle Grand Prix.

During the Continuation War, Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim met with Adolf Hitler in secrecy near the town for the former's 75th birthday.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Imatra is twinned with:[7]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 31.1.2014" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Imatra town homepage
  7. ^ "City Twins". Imatra. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Imatra at Wikimedia Commons