Laihia

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Laihia
Laihela
Municipality
Laihian kunta
Coat of arms of Laihia
Coat of arms
Location of Laihia in Finland
Location of Laihia in Finland
Coordinates: 62°58.5′N 022°00.5′E / 62.9750°N 22.0083°E / 62.9750; 22.0083Coordinates: 62°58.5′N 022°00.5′E / 62.9750°N 22.0083°E / 62.9750; 22.0083
Country Finland
Region Ostrobothnia
Sub-region Kyrönmaa sub-region
Charter 1576
Government
 • Municipal manager Juha Rikala
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 508.38 km2 (196.29 sq mi)
 • Land 504.24 km2 (194.69 sq mi)
 • Water 4.14 km2 (1.60 sq mi)
Area rank 226th largest in Finland
Population (2014-01-31)[2]
 • Total 8,009
 • Rank 136th largest in Finland
 • Density 15.88/km2 (41.1/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 98.3% (official)
 • Swedish 1%
 • Others 0.6%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 18%
 • 15 to 64 64.7%
 • 65 or older 17.3%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.5%
Website www.laihia.fi

Laihia (Swedish: Laihela) is a municipality of Finland, founded in 1576 through a separation from Isokyrö and Korsholm. It is located in the province of Western Finland and is a part of the Ostrobothnia region. The municipality has a population of 8,009 (31 January 2014)[2] and covers an area of 508.38 square kilometres (196.29 sq mi) of which 4.14 km2 (1.60 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 15.88 inhabitants per square kilometre (41.1 /sq mi). Laihia consists of 37 villages.

Laihia is within the economical region of the neighbouring city Vaasa. The municipality is unilingually Finnish. Only 79 people speak Swedish as a native language.[3] Most inhabitants speak a dialect typical of this region. The municipal manager is Juha Rikala. There are a total of 469 farms in the municipality.

An Ostrobothnian expanse.
An Ostrobothnian expanse.

People[edit]

In Finland, Laihians are renowned for their stinginess (Finnish: nuukuus, saituus, itaruus, piheys or kitsaus) and there are hundreds of jokes told about them. However, Laihians are not usually offended by it. To the contrary, they are proud of their frugality. They even have a Museum of Stinginess (Nuukuuren museo).[6] In any case, Laihia has high-level public services for education, health, sports, seniors etc.

Famous people from Laihia[edit]

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 31.1.2014" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "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. ^ http://www.laihia.fi/121.html

External links[edit]

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