Uusikaupunki

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Uusikaupunki
Uusikaupunki
Town
Uudenkaupungin kaupunki
Market place with the New Church in the background
Market place with the New Church in the background
Coat of arms of Uusikaupunki
Coat of arms
Location of Uusikaupunki in Finland
Location of Uusikaupunki in Finland
Coordinates: 60°48′N 021°25′E / 60.800°N 21.417°E / 60.800; 21.417Coordinates: 60°48′N 021°25′E / 60.800°N 21.417°E / 60.800; 21.417
Country Finland
Region Finland Proper
Sub-region Vakka-Suomi sub-region
Charter 1617
Government
 • Town manager Atso Vainio
Area(2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 1,932.68 km2 (746.21 sq mi)
 • Land 502.61 km2 (194.06 sq mi)
 • Water 1,430.07 km2 (552.15 sq mi)
Area rank 45th largest in Finland
Population (2014-01-31)[2]
 • Total 15,687
 • Rank 74th largest in Finland
 • Density 31.21/km2 (80.8/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 98.8% (official)
 • Swedish 0.5%
 • Others 0.7%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 14.5%
 • 15 to 64 66.3%
 • 65 or older 19.3%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20.25%
Website uusikaupunki.fi

Uusikaupunki (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈuːsiˌkɑupuŋki], Swedish: Nystad), is a town and municipality of Finland.

It is located in the Finland Proper region. The municipality has a population of 15,687.5 (31 January 2014)[2] and covers an area of 551.65 square kilometres (212.99 sq mi) of which 49.04 km2 (18.93 sq mi) is inland water. The population density is 31.21 inhabitants per square kilometre (80.8 /sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish. Both its Finnish and Swedish names mean literally "new town".

Uusikaupunki is the home of Valmet Automotive, a contract automobile mechanical production company, producing cars and vehicles for other manufacturers.

In 1721, the Peace of Nystad was signed in Uusikaupunki, ending the Great Northern War between Sweden and Russia.

The original name of the main village that was incorporated into Uusikaupunki was Kalainen (which is a Finnish adjective meaning "having plenty of fish"). The village of Kalainen originated as a market place for the people of Vakka-Suomi. The town of Uusikaupunki was founded as a town with the rights of commerce in 1617 by decree by Gustav II Adolf.

Up to the 19th century it was an important port for commerce and fishing, and up to the latter half of the 20th century it still retained an important ship building industry.

Uusikaupunki is home of the Bonk museum[6]

Since 1968 Uusikaupunki has been the home of car manufacturing site, founded as Saab-Valmet for manufacturing Saab cars. Currently the company name is Valmet Automotive and is currently manufacturing Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Politics[edit]

Results of the Finnish parliamentary election, 2011 in Uusikaupunki:

People[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Uusikaupunki is twinned with:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. ^ "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. ^ Bonk Museum.
  7. ^ "Antsla valla arengukava 2003–2012" (in Estonian). Antsla vald. p. 81. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Uusikaupunki at Wikimedia Commons