Sipoo

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Sipoo
SipooSibbo
Municipality
Sipoon kunta
Sibbo kommun
Sipoo Old Church
Sipoo Old Church
Coat of arms of Sipoo
Coat of arms
Location of Sipoo in Finland
Location of Sipoo in Finland
Coordinates: 60°22.5′N 025°16′E / 60.3750°N 25.267°E / 60.3750; 25.267Coordinates: 60°22.5′N 025°16′E / 60.3750°N 25.267°E / 60.3750; 25.267
Country Finland
Region Uusimaa
Sub-region Greater Helsinki
Charter 1425
Seat Nikkilä
Government
 • Chairman of the municipal board Eero Seppänen
 • Chairman of the municipal assembly Christel Liljeström
 • Municipal manager Mikael Grannas
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 698.59 km2 (269.73 sq mi)
 • Land 339.62 km2 (131.13 sq mi)
 • Water 358.97 km2 (138.60 sq mi)
Area rank 177th largest in Finland
Population (2014-01-31)[2]
 • Total 18,941
 • Rank 62nd largest in Finland
 • Density 55.77/km2 (144.4/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 59.5% (official)
 • Swedish 38.6% (official)
 • Others 1.9%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 21.7%
 • 15 to 64 64.7%
 • 65 or older 13.6%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.25%
Website www.sipoo.fi

Sipoo (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈsipoː], Swedish: Sibbo) is a municipality of Finland. Its seat is in Nikkilä/Nickby. It is the eastern neighbour of Helsinki and is located in the Uusimaa region. The municipality has a population of 18,941 (31 January 2014)[2] and covers an area of 698.59 square kilometres (269.73 sq mi) of which 358.97 km2 (138.60 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 55.77 inhabitants per square kilometre (144.4 /sq mi).

The once almost completely Swedish-speaking municipality is since 1953 bilingual, a majority being Finnish speakers since 2003, due to migration from other parts of Finland. Today the Finnish-speaking majority stands for ca 60% and the Swedish-speaking minority for about 39% of the population.[3]

On June 26, 2006, the Sipoo town council decided on a strategy to triple the municipality's population over the next 25 years. The decision was made after Helsinki announced plans to annex a part of the municipality in order to continue to build high-end urbanizations in the coastline (and thus high-tax revenue producing). The Finnish Council of State voted in favour of the annexation on June 28, 2007, with votes 8 to 4.[6] Sipoo disputed this and appealed the Supreme Administrative Court but the court upheld the decision of the Council of State[7] and the annexation took place on January 1, 2009. As Helsinki did not directly border Sipoo at any point, the city of Vantaa ceded the area lain between Helsinki and Sipoo to Helsinki in the process.

Twin towns[edit]

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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. ^ a b "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. ^ "Hallitus hyväksyi Sipoo-liitoksen". YLE Uutiset (in Finnish) (Helsinki: Yleisradio Oy). 2007-06-28. Retrieved 25 January 2009. 
  7. ^ Supreme Administrative Court Precedent KHO:2008:1, ruled on January 15, 2008 (in Finnish)

External links[edit]

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