Kangasniemi

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Kangasniemi
Municipality
Kangasniemen kunta
Coat of arms of Kangasniemi
Coat of arms
Location of Kangasniemi in Finland
Location of Kangasniemi in Finland
Coordinates: 61°59.4′N 026°38.5′E / 61.9900°N 26.6417°E / 61.9900; 26.6417Coordinates: 61°59.4′N 026°38.5′E / 61.9900°N 26.6417°E / 61.9900; 26.6417
Country Finland
Region Southern Savonia
Sub-region Mikkeli sub-region
Charter 1867
Government
 • Municipal manager Pekka Toivonen
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 1,326.73 km2 (512.25 sq mi)
 • Land 1,069.87 km2 (413.08 sq mi)
 • Water 256.86 km2 (99.17 sq mi)
Area rank 83rd largest in Finland
Population (2014-09-30)[2]
 • Total 5,721
 • Rank 164th largest in Finland
 • Density 5.35/km2 (13.9/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 98.9% (official)
 • Swedish 0.2%
 • Others 0.9%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 13.3%
 • 15 to 64 59.6%
 • 65 or older 27.1%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.5%
Website www.kangasniemi.fi

Kangasniemi is a municipality in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region, Finland. The municipality has a population of 5,721 (30 September 2014)[2] and covers an area of 1,326.73 square kilometres (512.25 sq mi) of which 256.86 km2 (99.17 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 5.35 inhabitants per square kilometre (13.9/sq mi).

Kangasniemi is located on the Finnish national road 13, 50 km (31 mi) northwest of Mikkeli and 63 km (39 mi) southeast of Jyväskylä. Distance to the national capital, Helsinki is 250 km (160 mi).

Neighbour municipalities: Hankasalmi, Hirvensalmi, Joutsa, Mikkeli, Pieksämäki and Toivakka.

The municipality was founded in 1867.

There are almost 3600 (May 2014) summer houses, and summer guests redouble the number of inhabitants during the summer months.

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Nature[edit]

There are more than 1,550 kilometres (960 mi) of shoreline. The largest lakes are Puulavesi and Kyyvesi.

Some other lakes are Mallos and Synsiä.

In 1997, Kangasniemi was voted the most beautiful municipality in Finland by television show.

Economy[edit]

Kangasniemi has large forest resources, approximately 12,000,000 cubic metres (420,000,000 cu ft), and the yearly growth is approximately 500,000 m3 (18,000,000 cu ft).

There is also Puula golf field.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 30.09.2014" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 17 November 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. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Kangasniemi at Wikimedia Commons