|• Municipal manager||Timo A. Säkkinen|
|• Total||5,857.59 km2 (2,261.63 sq mi)|
|• Land||5,270.56 km2 (2,034.97 sq mi)|
|• Water||587.03 km2 (226.65 sq mi)|
|Area rank||9th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||118th largest in Finland|
|• Density||1.7/km2 (4/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||98.7% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||12.7%|
|• 15 to 64||63%|
|• 65 or older||24.3%|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Municipal tax rate||19.5%|
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. The municipality has a population of 8,940 (31 August 2013) and covers an area of 5,857.59 square kilometres (2,261.63 sq mi) of which 587.03 km2 (226.65 sq mi) is water. The population density is 1.7 inhabitants per square kilometre (4.4 /sq mi). The municipality is unilingually Finnish. Ämmänsaari is the biggest built-up area in the municipality.
Suomussalmi is the second southernmost part of the reindeer-herding area in Finland.
During the Winter War of 1939–40, several battles were fought in the area around Suomussalmi, the most important ones being the Battle of Suomussalmi and the Battle of Raate. In these battles small Finnish forces defeated numerically superior Soviet forces.
Results of the Finnish parliamentary election, 2011 in Suomussalmi:
- Left Alliance 36.3%
- Centre Party 30.9%
- True Finns 20.5%
- National Coalition Party 5.2%
- Social Democratic Party 3.1%
- Christian Democrats 2.3%
- Green League 0.9%
- Other parties 0.8%
Twin towns — Sister cities
Suomussalmi is twinned with:
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- "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
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Media related to Suomussalmi at Wikimedia Commons
- Municipality of Suomussalmi – Official website