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Nurmeksen kaupunki
Nurmes Church
Nurmes Church
Coat of arms of Nurmes
Coat of arms
Location of Nurmes in Finland
Location of Nurmes in Finland
Coordinates: 63°32.7′N 029°08′E / 63.5450°N 29.133°E / 63.5450; 29.133Coordinates: 63°32.7′N 029°08′E / 63.5450°N 29.133°E / 63.5450; 29.133
Country Finland
Region North Karelia
Sub-region Pielinen sub-region
Charter 1810
Town privileges 1973
 • Town manager Asko Saatsi
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 1,854.79 km2 (716.14 sq mi)
 • Land 1,601.09 km2 (618.18 sq mi)
 • Water 253.7 km2 (98.0 sq mi)
Area rank 49th largest in Finland
Population (2014-11-30)[2]
 • Total 8,085
 • Rank 127th largest in Finland
 • Density 5.05/km2 (13.1/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 99% (official)
 • Swedish 0.1%
 • Others 0.9%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 13.3%
 • 15 to 64 62.4%
 • 65 or older 24.3%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20%

Nurmes is a town and municipality of Finland.

It was located in the former province of Eastern Finland until 2010 and is now in the North Karelia region. The town has a population of 8,085 (30 November 2014)[2] and covers an area of 1,854.79 square kilometres (716.14 sq mi) of which 253.7 km2 (98.0 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 5.05 inhabitants per square kilometre (13.1/sq mi). Nurmes railway station is now the northern terminus of a twice-daily VR passenger train service from Joensuu. The railway north of Nurmes is open for freight only.

Hotel club Bomba is situated in Nurmes.

Nurmes is also the official Christmas Carol City of Europe.

Karelian nest[edit]

The municipality is officially unilingually Finnish, but in 2009, Finland’s first Karelian language "nest" (pre-school immersion group) was established in Nurmes.[6]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Nurmes 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 30.11.2014" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 29 December 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. ^ "Nurmeksen kielipesässä lapsista tulee karjalankielisiä". Retrieved 2010-07-10. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Nurmes at Wikimedia Commons