Ypäjä

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Ypäjä
Municipality
Ypäjän kunta
Ypäjä Church
Ypäjä Church
Coat of arms of Ypäjä
Coat of arms
Location of Ypäjä in Finland
Location of Ypäjä in Finland
Coordinates: 60°48.5′N 023°17′E / 60.8083°N 23.283°E / 60.8083; 23.283Coordinates: 60°48.5′N 023°17′E / 60.8083°N 23.283°E / 60.8083; 23.283
Country Finland
Region Tavastia Proper
Sub-region Forssa sub-region
Charter 1876
Government
 • Municipal manager Sinikka Malin
Area(2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 183.25 km2 (70.75 sq mi)
 • Land 182.75 km2 (70.56 sq mi)
 • Water 0.5 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Area rank 311th largest in Finland
Population (2014-01-31)[2]
 • Total 2,541
 • Rank 262nd largest in Finland
 • Density 13.9/km2 (36/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 98.1% (official)
 • Swedish 0.8%
 • Others 1.2%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 16.2%
 • 15 to 64 63.8%
 • 65 or older 19.9%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.5%
Website www.ypaja.fi

Ypäjä is a municipality located in the countryside of South-Western Finland. It belongs to the province of Southern Finland and the region of Tavastia Proper. The municipality has a population of 2,541 (31 January 2014)[2] and covers an area of 183.25 square kilometres (70.75 sq mi) of which 0.5 km2 (0.19 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 13.9 inhabitants per square kilometre (36 /sq mi). The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

The main population centre of Ypäjä is a small village situated on the river Loimijoki, between the towns of Forssa (23 km to the east from Ypäjä) and Loimaa (15 km to the west). Although officially part of the Forssa region, Ypäjä is often also considered to belong to the Loimaa region as it has traditionally been influenced by both towns. Besides Loimaa, its direct neighbours are Jokioinen, Humppila, Somero, Koski, and Mellilä.

The distances from Ypäjä to the three major cities in southern Finland are relatively short: 74 kilometres (46 mi) to Turku, 96 km (60 mi) to Tampere, and 132 km (82 mi) to the capital Helsinki.

Ypäjä is probably best known for horses; the municipality e.g. has an Equine College and hosts an annual international riding competition called Finnderby.

Ypäjä's coat of arms is designed by Aukusti Tuhka.

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 Ypäjä at Wikimedia Commons