Location of Eckerö in Finland
|Sub-region||Åland Countryside sub-region|
|• Total||752.63 km2 (290.59 sq mi)|
|• Land||107.69 km2 (41.58 sq mi)|
|• Water||644.94 km2 (249.01 sq mi)|
|Area rank||162nd largest in Finland|
|• Rank||324th largest in Finland|
|• Density||8.92/km2 (23.1/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Swedish||90% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||16.3%|
|• 15 to 64||63.6%|
|• 65 or older||20.1%|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Municipal tax rate||18%|
Eckerö is a municipality of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. The municipality has a population of 961 (31 January 2014) and covers an area of 752.63 square kilometres (290.59 sq mi) of which 644.94 km2 (249.01 sq mi) is water. The population density is 8.92 inhabitants per square kilometre (23.1 /sq mi).
The municipality is unilingually Swedish and 90% of the population are Swedish speakers. It is the westernmost municipality of Åland and Finland. The company Eckerö Linjen operates a ferry connection between Berghamn in Storby, Eckerö and Grisslehamn on Väddö, Norrtälje in Sweden.
The municipality has previously also been known as Ekkerö in Finnish documents, but is today referred to as "Eckerö" also in Finnish.
Eckerö's most famous building is the Post and Customs house. It is the largest and most impressive building that has been erected to aid the postal services between Stockholm and St. Petersburg. The building was built during the Russian times in 1828 and architect C.L Engel made the construction plans.
- "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 31.1.2014" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
- "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 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.
- 707–708 (Pieni Tietosanakirja / I. A – Isonzo)
- http://visitaland.com/postvagen/en/eckero/ Eckerö Post and Customs house
Media related to Eckerö at Wikimedia Commons
- Eckerö Municipality's official website
- Eckerö travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Eckerö Post and Customs house
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