Simo railway station
Location of Simo in Finland
|• Municipal manager||Esko Tavia|
|• Total||2,085.54 km2 (805.23 sq mi)|
|• Land||1,445.65 km2 (558.17 sq mi)|
|• Water||639.89 km2 (247.06 sq mi)|
|Area rank||40th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||227th largest in Finland|
|• Density||2.38/km2 (6.2/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||99.5% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||17.9%|
|• 15 to 64||61.2%|
|• 65 or older||20.9%|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Municipal tax rate||20.75%|
The municipality has a population of 3,444 (31 January 2014) and covers an area of 2,085.54 square kilometres (805.23 sq mi) of which 639.89 km2 (247.06 sq mi) is water. The population density is 2.38 inhabitants per square kilometre (6.2 /sq mi). In 2001, Simo's debt per capita was 946.39 Euros.
Simo's three largest neighbouring towns are Oulu (193,902 inhabitants), Kemi (22,285 inhabitants) and Tornio (22,525 inhabitants). Some of the bigger neighbouring municipalities are Keminmaa (8,583 inhabitants) and Ii (9,581 inhabitants).
Simo is situated by the Bothnian Bay, at the mouth of river Simojoki. In Simo there is a rural landscape and also in the planning of the centre an attempt has been made to emphasise the nature vicinity. Simo consists of many small and vital village communities. Simo's sights include Simo's Church which was completed in 1846 during the late Empire time and light infantryman place with its statues which will be a memory from the war of independence when the route goes through Simo's wildernesses.
In Simo there is no industry. In 2007–2011, Fennovoima considered to build a 1,500 to 2,500 megawatt nuclear power plant in Karsikko and Laitakari. However, Fennovoima announced in October 2011 that the power plant would be built at Pyhäjoki.
- "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 31.1.2014" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
- "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.
- "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.
- "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Reuters report, 11 March 2008
- Fennovoima press release, 11 March 2008
- "New nuclear reactor to be built at Pyhäjoki". YLE News. Helsinki: Yleisradio Oy. 5 October 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
Media related to Simo at Wikimedia Commons
- Municipality of Simo – Official website