Location of Kokemäki in Finland
|• Town manager||Markus Ojakoski|
|• Total||531.27 km2 (205.12 sq mi)|
|• Land||481.23 km2 (185.80 sq mi)|
|• Water||50.04 km2 (19.32 sq mi)|
|Area rank||220th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||134th largest in Finland|
|• Density||16.05/km2 (41.6/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||98.6% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||14.3%|
|• 15 to 64||62.3%|
|• 65 or older||23.4%|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Municipal tax rate||19.75%|
It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Satakunta region. The town has a population of 7,722 (30 September 2014) and covers an area of 531.27 square kilometres (205.12 sq mi) of which 50.04 km2 (19.32 sq mi) is water. The population density is 16.05 inhabitants per square kilometre (41.6/sq mi).
The municipality is unilingually Finnish.
Kauvatsa municipality merged Kokemäki in 1969. These same towns and municipalities are also Satakunta Kokemäki tax-office in the area. Agricultural research center located in the Järilä’s village the years 1929-1996. Kokemäki town council decided on 15 December 2008 annexation with Nakkila, Harjavalta and Ulvila, but the project failed Ulvila amended decision.
Because of the central location and the old settlement of Kokemäki, it has historically been the major central area. In Kokemäki there are relics from the Iron Age and Middle Ages. Historical province of Satakunta was often called Kokemäki estates county in the later Middle Ages.
Through Kokemäki flows a 121-km-long river called Kokemäenjoki. Kokemäenjoki area is the fourth largest in Finland. Kolsi’s hydroelectric power plant is located in Kokemäki.
The legend says that in 1156 Saint Henry visited Satakunta on a preaching tour as a part of Erik the Holy’s first crusade to Finland. Kokemäki church has been founded in 1200 century maybe even earlier. The Kokemäki parish was established in 1324 and the Kokemäki slottslän in 1331. Its administrative centre was the Kokemäenkartano manor, hosted by the Bishop of Turku and many royal families for a long time. The Medieval Kokemäki Castle was demolished in 1367.
Kokemäki worked as administrative center of historic Satakunta in the Middle Ages. Province court was held in the court hill which was located near the Kokemäkis church and county seal kept close in the Ylistaro village still of the 1500s.
Medieval Huovintie goes from Turku by Kokemäki to Kokemäenjoki. On Huovintie was spiritual and secular community kept up guild houses where travelmen can stay overnight. This was located also near the Kokemäkis church. Kokemäenjoki has been important waterway to sea. Also it has been famous of salmons, whitefishes and lampreys.
Kokemäki's network of schools in grades 1-6 has reduced in recent years due to the schools have been closed. Remaining are Korkeaoja's school, Lähteenmäki's school, Peipohja's school, Riste's school, Tulkkila's school and Tuomaala's school. The center buildings of Tulkkila's school are being used by grades 7-9, special education, high school and its adult line, as well as Kokemäki's Community College.
Vocational training is provided by Satakunta Training Consortium alias SATAEDU's Kokemäki Unit. Its classrooms are located in Peipohja. The facilities of Huittinen Business and Vocational College are located in Kuoppala, north of Tulkkila, and the teaching garden acquired for the college is located in Paistila.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Kokemäki is twinned with:
- "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 30.09.2014" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
- "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 Kokemäki at Wikimedia Commons
- Town of Kokemäki – Official website (Finnish)