By the River Loimijoki
Location of Forssa in Finland
|• Town manager||Sami Sulkko|
|• Total||248.78 km2 (96.05 sq mi)|
|• Land||248.78 km2 (96.05 sq mi)|
|• Water||4.61 km2 (1.78 sq mi)|
|Area rank||246th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||66th largest in Finland|
|• Density||69.9/km2 (181/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||97.4% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||14.1%|
|• 15 to 64||64.8%|
|• 65 or older||21.1%|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Municipal tax rate||19.5%|
It is located almost in the centre of a triangle defined by the three largest major cities in Finland (Helsinki, Turku and Tampere), in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the Tavastia Proper region. The town has a population of 17,389 (31 March 2016) and covers an area of 248.78 square kilometres (96.05 sq mi) of which 4.61 km2 (1.78 sq mi) is water. The population density is 69.9 inhabitants per square kilometre (181/sq mi).
Forssa is known for its annual big events like in the first weekend of August held Holjat Festival as well as car enthusiasts get together in Pick-Nick, the biggest event in Northern Europe. A tradition is also annual Suvi-ilta Maraton - the second biggest marathon event in Finland. Suvi-ilta Maraton takes place a weekend before Midsummer. There is also a fairly popular harness racing track in Forssa.
The name Forssa comes from the Swedish word "fors", meaning rapids.
The municipality is unilingually Finnish.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Forssa is twinned with:
- Södertälje, Sweden
- Sarpsborg, Norway
- Struer, Denmark
- Serpukhov, Russia
- Gödöllő, Hungary
- Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
- "Population density by area 1.1.2016". Statistics Finland. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
- "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, maaliskuu.2016" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "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.
- "Forssa - Häme-Wiki".
Media related to Forssa at Wikimedia Commons
- Town of Forssa – Official website