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Närpes stad
Närpes Church
Närpes Church
Coat of arms of Närpes
Coat of arms
Location of Närpes in Finland
Location of Närpes in Finland
Coordinates: 62°28′N 021°20′E / 62.467°N 21.333°E / 62.467; 21.333Coordinates: 62°28′N 021°20′E / 62.467°N 21.333°E / 62.467; 21.333
Country Finland
Region Ostrobothnia
Sub-region Sydösterbotten sub-region
Charter 1867
City rights 1993
 • City manager Hans-Erik Lindqvist
 • Total 2,334.15 km2 (901.22 sq mi)
 • Land 977.15 km2 (377.28 sq mi)
 • Water 1,357 km2 (524 sq mi)
Area rank 31st largest in Finland
Population (2014-01-31)[2]
 • Total 9,383
 • Rank 110th largest in Finland
 • Density 9.6/km2 (25/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Swedish 88.4% (official)
 • Finnish 5.8%
 • Others 5.8%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 14%
 • 15 to 64 61%
 • 65 or older 25%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20%
Website www.narpes.fi

Närpes (Finnish: Närpiö) is a town and municipality of Finland.

The municipality is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Ostrobothnia region. The town has a population of 9,383 (31 January 2014)[2] and covers an area of 2,334.15 square kilometres (901.22 sq mi) of which 1,357 km2 (524 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 9.6 inhabitants per square kilometre (25 /sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Swedish and many inhabitants speak a very archaic Swedish dialect, which has been unaffected by many modern developments and resembles Old Swedish. The many bands who sing in that dialect include 1G3B and Nektor.

Economically, the municipality is known for extensive greenhouse farming of tomatoes and manufacture of trailers for trucks.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Närpes is twinned with:


  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. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Närpes at Wikimedia Commons