Posio

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Posio
Municipality
Posion kunta
Ice wall at Korouoma
Ice wall at Korouoma
Coat of arms of Posio
Coat of arms
Location of Posio in Finland
Location of Posio in Finland
Coordinates: 66°06.5′N 028°10′E / 66.1083°N 28.167°E / 66.1083; 28.167Coordinates: 66°06.5′N 028°10′E / 66.1083°N 28.167°E / 66.1083; 28.167
Country Finland
Region Lapland
Sub-region Eastern Lapland sub-region
Charter 1926
Seat Ahola
Government
 • Municipal manager Mika Riipi
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 3,544.95 km2 (1,368.71 sq mi)
 • Land 3,038.81 km2 (1,173.29 sq mi)
 • Water 506.14 km2 (195.42 sq mi)
Area rank 17th largest in Finland
Population (2014-01-31)[2]
 • Total 3,812
 • Rank 222nd largest in Finland
 • Density 1.25/km2 (3.2/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 99.5% (official)
 • Swedish 0.1%
 • Others 0.4%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 12.5%
 • 15 to 64 63.2%
 • 65 or older 24.3%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20.5%
Website www.posio.fi

Posio is a municipality of Finland. It is located in the province of Lapland. The municipality has a population of 3,812 (31 January 2014)[2] and covers an area of 3,544.95 square kilometres (1,368.71 sq mi) of which 506.14 km2 (195.42 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 1.25 inhabitants per square kilometre (3.2 /sq mi). Neighbour municipalities are Rovaniemi, Kemijärvi, Ranua, Salla, Kuusamo, Taivalkoski and Pudasjärvi.

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Major employers in Posio are municipality itself, major pottery manufacturer Pentik and agriculture (especially dairy farming).

The European route E63 runs through the northern-eastern parts of the municipality.

Korouoma canyon and natural reserve is located in Posio.

Sights and events[edit]

Posio's most renowned attractions are Pentik-mäki Culture Centre, Riisitunturi National Park, Korouoma Nature Reserve, and clear waters of lakes Kitkajärvi and Livojärvi. There are also many outdoor recreational things to do in Posio.

The world's northernmost ceramics factory is located in Posio. Pentik Oy interior design company was established in 1971 by Anu and Topi Pentikäinen.

Regular events in Posio are Posion messut, Teatterihelinät, Sirniö Smith Event in June and Traditional Fish Fair in July.

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. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Posio at Wikimedia Commons