Pirkkala

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Pirkkala
Birkala
Municipality
Pirkkalan kunta
Pirkkala Church
Pirkkala Church
Coat of arms of Pirkkala
Coat of arms
Location of Pirkkala in Finland
Location of Pirkkala in Finland
Coordinates: 61°28′N 023°39′E / 61.467°N 23.650°E / 61.467; 23.650Coordinates: 61°28′N 023°39′E / 61.467°N 23.650°E / 61.467; 23.650
Country Finland
Region Pirkanmaa
Sub-region Tampere sub-region
Charter 1922
Government
 • Mayor Helena Rissanen
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 104.04 km2 (40.17 sq mi)
 • Land 81.38 km2 (31.42 sq mi)
 • Water 22.66 km2 (8.75 sq mi)
Area rank 328th largest in Finland
Population (2014-09-30)[2]
 • Total 18,574
 • Rank 66th largest in Finland
 • Density 228.24/km2 (591.1/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 97.5% (official)
 • Swedish 0.4%
 • Others 2.2%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 22.1%
 • 15 to 64 65.9%
 • 65 or older 12%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20%
Website www.pirkkala.fi

Pirkkala (Swedish: Birkala) is a municipality of Finland.

It is located some 10 kilometres (6 mi) south-west from Tampere in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Pirkanmaa region. The municipality has a population of 18,574 (30 September 2014)[2] and covers an area of 104.04 square kilometres (40.17 sq mi) of which 22.66 km2 (8.75 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 228.24 inhabitants per square kilometre (591.1/sq mi). Pirkkala is currently the fastest growing municipality in Pirkanmaa region.

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Tampere-Pirkkala Airport is located in south-west Pirkkala and is currently the second most important international airport in Finland after Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.

History[edit]

The old Suur-Pirkkala (Great-Pirkkala) is known in old writings from the 14th century, and it occupied over half of Pirkanmaa region nowadays populated by about 360,000 inhabitants. Suur-Pirkkala began to split when new parishes and municipalities were founded. In the year 1922 the remainings of Suur-Pirkkala were split into Pohjois- and Etelä-Pirkkala (Northern and Southern). In 1938 the name of Northern Pirkkala was changed to Nokia and Southern Pirkkala restored its original Pirkkala name.

Present-day region of Pirkanmaa is named after Pirkkala.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Pirkkala is twinned with:

See also[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 30.09.2014" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 17 November 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. ^ "Networks, town twinning and partnerships". City of Solna. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Pirkkala at Wikimedia Commons