Location of Rantsila in Finland
|• Total||746.64 km2 (288.28 sq mi)|
|• Land||732.23 km2 (282.72 sq mi)|
|• Water||14.41 km2 (5.56 sq mi)|
|• Density||2.73/km2 (7.1/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
It is located in the province of Oulu and is part of the Northern Ostrobothnia region. The municipality had a population of 2,001 (31 December 2008) and covered a land area of 732.23 km2 (282.72 sq mi). The population density was 2.73 inhabitants per square kilometre (7.1 /sq mi). The municipality was unilingually Finnish.
The municipality had previously also been known as "Frantsila" in Swedish documents, but is today referred to as "Rantsila" also in Swedish.
During the Finnish War (1808–1809), which resulted in Finland being ceded to the Russian Empire, the last battle engaged within Finland was held in the Kerälä village of Rantsila, between the Russian and Swedish-Finnish armies. General J.A. Sandels was perhaps the most highly respected commander of the Finnish troops, and in honour of him and his noble and highly renowned horse Bijou, an equestrian statue was erected in the center of Rantsila in 1989.
Rantsila is also famous for its heavy metal bands like Hater, Hamarapuoli and Kolera.
- "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2008" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
- "Population by municipality as of 31 December 2008". Population Information System (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
- "Kuntien nimet ja niiden taivutus" (in Finnish). Helsinki: Research Institute for the Languages of Finland. 10 January 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
- "Pohjois-Pohjanmaalle tulee uusi Siikalatvan kunta". YLE Uutiset (YLE News) (in Finnish). Yleisradio Oy. 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
Media related to Rantsila at Wikimedia Commons
- Municipality of Rantsila – official site (Finnish)