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Rääkkylän kunta
Coat of arms of Rääkkylä
Coat of arms
Location of Rääkkylä in Finland
Location of Rääkkylä in Finland
Coordinates: 62°18.8′N 029°37.5′E / 62.3133°N 29.6250°E / 62.3133; 29.6250Coordinates: 62°18.8′N 029°37.5′E / 62.3133°N 29.6250°E / 62.3133; 29.6250
Country Finland
Region North Karelia
Sub-region Central Karelia sub-region
Charter 1874
 • Municipal manager Yrjö Eronen
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 699.69 km2 (270.15 sq mi)
 • Land 427.68 km2 (165.13 sq mi)
 • Water 272.01 km2 (105.02 sq mi)
Area rank 175th largest in Finland
Population (2014-11-30)[2]
 • Total 2,438
 • Rank 263rd largest in Finland
 • Density 5.7/km2 (15/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 97.6% (official)
 • Swedish 0.2%
 • Others 2.2%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 12.6%
 • 15 to 64 60.5%
 • 65 or older 26.9%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 21%
Website www.raakkyla.fi

Rääkkylä (Swedish: Bräkylä) is a municipality of Finland.

It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. The municipality has a population of 2,438 (30 November 2014)[2] and covers an area of 699.69 square kilometres (270.15 sq mi) of which 272.01 km2 (105.02 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 5.7 inhabitants per square kilometre (15/sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish. The municipality has previously also been known as "Bräkylä" in Swedish documents, but is today referred to as "Rääkkylä" also in Swedish.[6]

Rääkkylä as an independent municipality was established in 1874 from parts of Kitee and Liperi.

Leading Finnish kantele manufacturer Koistinen Kantele has been functioning in Rääkkylä since 1995.

Notable residents of Rääkkylä have included sisters Mari and Sari Kaasinen, founders of the popular Finnish folk music band Värttinä.


  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. ^ "Kuntien nimet ja niiden taivutus" (in Finnish). Research Institute for the Languages of Finland. 14 January 2009. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 

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