Korpo

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Korpo kommun - Korppoon kunta
Korppoo.vaakuna.svg Korppoo.sijainti.suomi.2008.svg
Coat of Arms Location
Province Western Finland
Region Finland Proper
Sub-region Åboland
Area
- Of which land
- Rank
170.11 km²
168.85 km²
ranked 359th
Population
- Density
- Change
- Rank
889 (2004)
5.3 inh./km²
- 3.5%
ranked 413th
Urbanisation 33.6%
Unemployment 10.7%
Official languages Swedish, Finnish
Municipal manager Patrik Nygrén
Home page http://www.korpo.fi

Korpo (Swedish pronunciation: [korpːu]; Finnish: Korppoo, [ˈkorpːoː]) is an island located in the Turku archipelago. It is a former municipality of Finland. On 1 January 2009, it was consolidated with Houtskär, Iniö, Nagu and Pargas to form the new town of Väståboland. As of 1 January 2012 Väståboland was renamed Pargas (Parainen in Finnish), which is also the name of a town on one of the islands, which has proven somewhat confusing for tourists and visitors to the area.

The climate in Korpo is somewhat different to the mainland climate. It typically has cooler summers than the mainland, but the winters are also less harsh. The archipelago as a whole is considered to have the shortest winter in Finland.

Korpo is a favourite tourist destination in Finland and it is home to many summer cottages. It is believed in the summer months the population rises from around 800 to 5000. This is reflected in additional car ferries to and from the island operating in these months. Even so, with extra ferries there can still be extensive queues at peak times in Summer and especially on weekends you can expect to wait up to an hour to board a car ferry.

Korpo also has a ferry terminal on the north of the island operating ferries to Houstkär, Norrskata and the Åland islands.

It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Finland Proper region. The municipality had a population of 889 (2004-12-31) and covered an area of 170.11 km² (excluding sea) of which 1.26 km² is inland water. The population density was 5.27 inhabitants per km². Utö, the southernmost inhabited island of Finland belonged to the municipality.

The municipality was bilingual, with majority being Swedish and minority Finnish speakers.

There has been much islands belonging to Korpo, Aspö for example.

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Media related to Korpo at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 60°09′45″N 21°33′45″E / 60.16250°N 21.56250°E / 60.16250; 21.56250