Lempäälä

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Lempäälä
Municipality
Lempäälän kunta
Canal of Lempäälä
Canal of Lempäälä
Coat of arms of Lempäälä
Coat of arms
Location of Lempäälä in Finland
Location of Lempäälä in Finland
Coordinates: 61°19′N 023°45′E / 61.317°N 23.750°E / 61.317; 23.750Coordinates: 61°19′N 023°45′E / 61.317°N 23.750°E / 61.317; 23.750
Country Finland
Region Pirkanmaa
Sub-region Tampere sub-region
Charter 1866
Government
 • Municipality manager Olli Viitasaari
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 307.07 km2 (118.56 sq mi)
 • Land 269.56 km2 (104.08 sq mi)
 • Water 37.51 km2 (14.48 sq mi)
Area rank 276th largest in Finland
Population (2014-01-31)[2]
 • Total 20,955
 • Rank 53rd largest in Finland
 • Density 77.74/km2 (201.3/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 98.1% (official)
 • Swedish 0.4%
 • Others 1.5%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 22.7%
 • 15 to 64 65.1%
 • 65 or older 12.2%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20%
Website www.lempaala.fi

Lempäälä (Swedish: Lembois) is a municipality in southwestern Finland with 20,955 inhabitants (31 January 2014).[2] Lempäälä is located south of the city of Tampere. The municipality covers an area of 307.07 square kilometres (118.56 sq mi) of which 37.51 km2 (14.48 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 77.74 inhabitants per square kilometre (201.3 /sq mi).

The municipality center of Lempäälä is situated on an isthmus between the lakes Vanajavesi and Pyhäjärvi which are connected by the Kuokkalankoski rapids and the canal of Lempäälä that was built during the 1870s and is still in use.

The first written account of the parish of Lempäälä is from 1430. The oldest building of the town is a medieval church named after Saint Birgitta and was built in 1504.[6] The only remaining article from medieval times in the church is a wooden crucifix carved out of birch.

Finnish novelist Yrjö Kokko lived in Lempäälä, and is buried in the graveyard.

Ideapark, the second largest shopping mall in Nordic countries, is located in Lempäälä along the HelsinkiTampere motorway.

Kuokkala[edit]

Kuokkala is a neighbourhood to the north of Lempäälä town which houses a 'museoraitti' (museum trail). Several buildings now house collections of historical items, including: a shop museum (also a shop and information office), hairdressers & barbers, cobblers, 1939-45 war memorabilia, household equipment, blacksmiths, carpenters, a 19th-century Finish dwelling, and a special exhibit relating to the ex-Finnish region of Sakkola.[7]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Lempäälä is twinned with:

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. ^ "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. ^ Pyhä Birgitta määräsi kirkon paikan – Lempäälän kunta
  7. ^ Leaflet about Kuokkalan museoraitti published by museum.

External links[edit]

Media related to Lempäälä at Wikimedia Commons