Ähäri Church was designed by architect Bertel Liljequist, and built in 1937.
Location of Ähtäri in Finland
|• Town manager||Jarmo Pienimäki|
|• Total||805.85 km2 (311.14 sq mi)|
|• Land||804.96 km2 (310.80 sq mi)|
|• Water||105 km2 (41 sq mi)|
|Area rank||97th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||157th largest in Finland|
|• Density||7.41/km2 (19.2/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||99.3% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||15.3%|
|• 15 to 64||63%|
|• 65 or older||21.8%|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Municipal tax rate||20.75%|
It is located in the Southern Ostrobothnia region. The town has a population of 5,968 (31 August 2017) and covers an area of 805.85 square kilometres (311.14 sq mi) of which 105 km2 (41 sq mi) is water. The population density is 7.41 inhabitants per square kilometre (19.2/sq mi).
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.
- Aki Hintsa, sports physician and orthopedic surgeon
- Anton Collin, cross country skier and road cyclist
- Antti Tammilehto, musician
- Edvard Valpas-Hänninen, former chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Finland
- Eero Hiironen, sculptor and painter
- Emanuel Pohjaväre, Member of Parliament
- Kari Hirvonen, lead singer of Tango King
- Matti Pekkanen, engineer and politician
- Mikko Savola, Member of Parliament
- Niko Korsumäki, Snowcrossing World Championship bronze medalist
- Seppo Tammilehto, musician
- Toivo Korpela, preacher and speaker; fervent Laestadian and founder of the Korpela movement
- Topi Sorsakoski, musician
- Veikko Mattila, Member of Parliament
- Noumena, melodic death metal band
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- "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.
- "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
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