Virrat

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Virrat
Virdois
Town
Virtain kaupunki
Main road 66 in Virrat
Main road 66 in Virrat
Coat of arms of Virrat
Coat of arms
Location of Virrat in Finland
Location of Virrat in Finland
Coordinates: 62°15′N 023°46′E / 62.250°N 23.767°E / 62.250; 23.767Coordinates: 62°15′N 023°46′E / 62.250°N 23.767°E / 62.250; 23.767
Country Finland
Region Pirkanmaa
Sub-region Upper Pirkanmaa sub-region
Charter 1868
Government
 • Town manager Vesa Haapamäki
Area(2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 1,299.07 km2 (501.57 sq mi)
 • Land 1,162.34 km2 (448.78 sq mi)
 • Water 136.73 km2 (52.79 sq mi)
Area rank 87th largest in Finland
Population (2014-01-31)[2]
 • Total 7,453
 • Rank 140th largest in Finland
 • Density 6.41/km2 (16.6/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 98.5% (official)
 • Swedish 0.1%
 • Others 1.4%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 13.4%
 • 15 to 64 61.7%
 • 65 or older 25%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.75%
Website www.virrat.fi

Virrat (Swedish: Virdois) is a town and municipality of Finland.

It is part of the Pirkanmaa region. The town has a population of 7,453 (31 January 2014)[2] and covers an area of 1,299.07 square kilometres (501.57 sq mi) of which 136.73 km2 (52.79 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 6.41 inhabitants per square kilometre (16.6 /sq mi). Apart from the town of Virrat itself, the administratively defined municipality is largely rural, and includes the villages of Äijänneva, Härkönen Jäähdyspohja, Killinkoski, Koro, Kotala, Kurjenkylä, Liedenpohja, Ohtola, Vaskuu and Vaskivesi.

The municipality is unilingually Finnish. Virrat crater on Mars is named after it.

The town grew rapidly in the middle years of the twentieth century, and by 1950 the population reached more than 12,000. Virrat acquired town status in 1977, although it had received the right to hold markets three years earlier, in 1974. More recently the population level has been adversely impacted by the drift of employment opportunities and people to the larger towns.

Major lakes in the area are Toisvesi, beside which the town of Virrat is located, and Tarjanne at the border of the municipalities of Virrat, Mänttä-Vilppula and Ruovesi.

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. ^ "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. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Virrat at Wikimedia Commons