Kankaanpää

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Kankaanpää
Town
Kankaanpään kaupunki
Coat of arms of Kankaanpää
Coat of arms
Location of Kankaanpää in Finland
Location of Kankaanpää in Finland
Coordinates: 61°48′N 022°24′E / 61.800°N 22.400°E / 61.800; 22.400Coordinates: 61°48′N 022°24′E / 61.800°N 22.400°E / 61.800; 22.400
Country Finland
Region Satakunta
Sub-region Northern Satakunta sub-region
Charter 1865
Market town 1967
Town privileges 1972
Government
 • Town manager Paavo Karttunen
Area(2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 704.94 km2 (272.18 sq mi)
 • Land 689.57 km2 (266.24 sq mi)
 • Water 15.37 km2 (5.93 sq mi)
Area rank 173rd largest in Finland
Population (2014-01-31)[2]
 • Total 11,979
 • Rank 89th largest in Finland
 • Density 17.37/km2 (45.0/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 98.9% (official)
 • Swedish 0.1%
 • Others 1%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 15.5%
 • 15 to 64 66.1%
 • 65 or older 18.4%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20%
Website www.kankaanpaa.fi

Kankaanpää is a town and municipality of Finland. Kankaanpää was founded in 1865, became a township in 1967 and finally a town in 1972. It is located in the crossroads of Hämeenkangas and Pohjankangas ridges. It belongs to the region of Satakunta. Kankaanpää has a population of about 12,000 inhabitants.[2]

History[edit]

First signs of humanity in the area are from the stone age and during the 16th century people started to settle in Kankaanpää area. Oldest houses that area found from the documents of Sweden-Finland are from the 1560 decade.

The oldest passage in the province was from Hämeenkyrö through the ridges to Kauhajoki. In the 17th century it was the most important road between southern Finland and Ostrobothnia. The king of Sweden visited Kankaanpää twice. Gustavus Adolphus travelled from Ilmajoki to Hämeenlinna through Kankaanpää in 1614 and Adolf Fredrik had a rest in Kuninkaanlähde spring to water his horses and to eat in 1752. The spring was named after this event.

Politics[edit]

Results of the Finnish parliamentary election, 2011 in Kankaanpää:

Education[edit]

Kankaanpää offers basic education with 12 elementary schools and a secondary school. There is also a trade school and a polytechnic school which will be abolished in near future. The Artillery School in the Artillery Brigade provides university-level education for all future career artillery officers.

Culture[edit]

Kankaanpää town museum is presenting the life in Kankaanpää during the last 100 years.

Weather[edit]

The following weather chart is from Niinisalo, a garrison village in Kankaanpää.

Niinisalo
Climate chart (explanation)
J F M A M J J A S O N D
 
 
42
 
−5
−11
 
 
29
 
−5
−11
 
 
33
 
0
−7
 
 
38
 
6
−2
 
 
37
 
15
3
 
 
53
 
20
8
 
 
71
 
21
11
 
 
80
 
19
9
 
 
73
 
13
5
 
 
54
 
7
1
 
 
59
 
1
−4
 
 
47
 
−3
−9
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: World Climate[6]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Kankaanpää is twinned with:

People born in Kankaanpää[edit]

Military cemetery at church in Kankaanpää

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. ^ a b "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. ^ "World Climate". Niinisalo, Finland: Climate-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 

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