Sipoo – Sibbo
|• Chairman of the municipal board||Eero Seppänen|
|• Chairman of the municipal assembly||Christel Liljeström|
|• Municipal manager||Markku Luoma|
|• 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|
|• Rank||62nd largest in Finland|
|• Density||55.36/km2 (143.4/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||59.5% (official)|
|• Swedish||38.6% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 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||19.25%|
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 18,802 (31 August 2013) and covers an area of 698.59 square kilometres (269.73 sq mi) of which 358.97 km2 (138.60 sq mi) is water. The population density is 55.36 inhabitants per square kilometre (143.4 /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.
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. Sipoo disputed this and appealed the Supreme Administrative Court but the court upheld the decision of the Council of State 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.
- "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 31.8.2013" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
- "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.
- "Hallitus hyväksyi Sipoo-liitoksen". YLE Uutiset (in Finnish) (Helsinki: Yleisradio Oy). 2007-06-28. Retrieved 25 January 2009.
- Supreme Administrative Court Precedent KHO:2008:1, ruled on January 15, 2008 (in Finnish)
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