Location of Närpes in Finland
|• 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|
|• Rank||110th largest in Finland|
|• Density||9.6/km2 (25/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Swedish||88.4% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 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||20%|
The municipality is located in the former province of Western Finland (all provinces were abolished in 2010) and is part of the Ostrobothnia region. The town has a population of 9,385 (30 November 2014) and covers an area of 2,334.15 square kilometres (901.22 sq mi) of which 1,357 km2 (524 sq mi) is water. The population density is 9.6 inhabitants per square kilometre (25/sq mi).
The municipality is unilingually Swedish. In 2014 the municipal council made a decision to transform Närpes into a bilingual municipality, but this decision has not yet been implemented. Due to many residents being descendants of Swedish migrants from centuries ago, they speak a very archaic Swedish dialect. It has not evolved in the same way as modern Swedish, and resembles Old Swedish. The many bands who sing in that dialect include 1G3B and Nektor.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Närpes is twinned with:
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- "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 30.11.2014" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 29 December 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.
- Närpiöstä ei tule kaksikielistä - Svenska Yle: Valitukset estivät hankkeen, Talouselämä 19 December 2014, accessed 1 January 2014.
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