Ähäri Church was designed by architect Bertel Liljequist, and built in 1937.
Location of Ähtäri in Finland
|• Town manager||Jarmo Pienimäki|
|• Total||910.87 km2 (351.69 sq mi)|
|• Land||804.96 km2 (310.80 sq mi)|
|• Water||105 km2 (41 sq mi)|
|Area rank||97th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||159th largest in Finland|
|• Density||6.86/km2 (17.8/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||99.3% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||13.4%|
|• 15 to 64||52.9%|
|• 65 or older||33.7%|
|Time zone||UTC+02:00 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+03:00 (EEST)|
|Municipal tax rate||22.5%|
Ähtäri (Swedish: Etseri) is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located in the South Ostrobothnia region. The town has a population of 5,524 (31 March 2021) and covers an area of 910.87 square kilometres (351.69 sq mi) of which 105 km2 (41 sq mi) is water. The population density is 6.86 inhabitants per square kilometre (17.8/sq mi). Ähtäri is located 83 kilometres (52 mi) southeast of Seinäjoki.
The municipality is unilingual Finnish.
Ähtäri is known for its zoo and hotel Mesikämmen designed by Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen which is partly built within bedrock. The biggest lake in the area is Ähtärinjärvi. There is also a relatively old and small board mill called Vääräkosken Pahvi in Ähtäri.
The largest private sector employers are Inhan Tehtaat, Silver-Veneet, Tankki, and Muovilami.
- Anton Collin, cross country skier and road cyclist
- Eero Hiironen, sculptor and painter
- Kari Hirvonen, lead singer of Tango King
- Aki Hintsa, sports physician and orthopedic surgeon
- Toivo Korpela, preacher and speaker; fervent Laestadian and founder of the Korpela movement
- Niko Korsumäki, Snowcrossing World Championship bronze medalist
- Esa Latva-Äijö, actor
- Veikko Mattila, Member of Parliament
- Matti Pekkanen, engineer and politician
- Emanuel Pohjaväre, Member of Parliament
- Mikko Savola, Member of Parliament
- Topi Sorsakoski, musician
- Antti Tammilehto, musician
- Seppo Tammilehto, musician
- Edvard Valpas-Hänninen, former chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Finland
- Noumena, melodic death metal band
- "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Preliminary population structure by area, 2021M01*-2021M03*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
- "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 (1-year) and sex by area and the regional division of each statistical reference year, 2003-2020". StatFin. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
- "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2021" (PDF). Tax Administration of Finland. 1 December 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2021.