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Former municipality
Himangan kunta
Himango kommun
The Apostolic Lutheran Church of Himanka
The Apostolic Lutheran Church of Himanka
Coat of arms of Himanka
Coat of arms
Location of Himanka in Finland
Location of Himanka in Finland
Coordinates: 64°03.5′N 023°39′E / 64.0583°N 23.650°E / 64.0583; 23.650Coordinates: 64°03.5′N 023°39′E / 64.0583°N 23.650°E / 64.0583; 23.650
RegionCentral Ostrobothnia
Sub-regionKokkola sub-region
 • Municipal managerErkki Hirsimäki
 • Total649.84 km2 (250.90 sq mi)
 • Land254.63 km2 (98.31 sq mi)
 • Water395.21 km2 (152.59 sq mi)
 • Total3,023
 • Density4.7/km2 (12/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Himanka (Swedish: Himango) is a former municipality of Finland. Himanka was consolidated with the neighboring town of Kalajoki on January 1, 2010.[3]

The main cemetery of Himanka

It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Central Ostrobothnia region. The municipality had a population of 3,123 (31 December 2009)[2] and covered an area of 649.84 square kilometres (250.90 sq mi) of which 395.21 km2 (152.59 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density was 11.87 inhabitants per square kilometre (30.7/sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish. The villages of Ainali, Himankakylä, Pahkala, Pernu, Pöntiö, Rautila, Saarenpää, Tomujoki, Torvenkylä, and Hillilä all belonged to the municipality.

The main products of the area include farm products and fox and mink furs. There is also some wood and plastics product design and manufacturing.

The oldest part of the central Himanka is called Raumankari. At the heart of Himanka is the river Lestijoki which empties into the Gulf of Bothnia.


  1. ^ a b "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2009" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-02-25. Retrieved 20 February 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Population by municipality as of 31 December 2009". Population Information System (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Archived from the original on 2010-12-02. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  3. ^ Uusitalo, Heikki (29 April 2008). "Kalajoki ja Himanka virallistivat liittonsa". Kaleva.plus (in Finnish). Kaleva Kustannus Oy. STT. Retrieved 13 March 2009.[permanent dead link]

Further reading[edit]

  • Ahti Pöyhtäri and Olavi Himanka wrote a book called "Himanka, Ratkaisun vuodet" about the history of Himanka in the wars of 1917–1918, 1939–1940, and 1941–1945. Published in 1990 by Himangan sotaveteraanit, Sotainvalidien veljesliiton Himangan osasto. ISBN 952-90-1628-X
  • Photographic pictures taken by Risto Tuorila from various places in Himanka was published in the year 2000 by Lestijokilaakson Kirjapaino. ISBN 951-97460-5-6
  • Ari-Veikko Anttiroiko wrote about the history of the Harbor of Himanka in his book called "Himangan sataman historia" published by Gummerus Oy in 1984. ISBN 951-99567-9-4
  • Anni Kohtala and Maija Märsylä have arranged news paper clippings and other material provided by shipper Sakari Pöyhtäri into a book about the history of Himanka, which was published by Himangan Kotiseutuyhdisys in 1979. ISBN 951-99206-9-2
  • Teuvo Tuorila has written a book about history of the school system in Himanka from 1876–2001. Published by Art-Print Oy, Kokkola 2001. ISBN 952-91-3625-0
  • Ahti Pöyhtäri has written the history of religious movement based on Laestadian Lutheranism. The name of the publication is "Himangan Rauhanyhdistyksen Historiaa 100-vuotiselta taipaleelta." Publisher is Himangan Rauhan Sana r.y. 1994. ISBN 952-90-6048-3
  • Pekka Tuorila has written "Kotiseudun Kaikuja", a compilation book which includes council documents from Raumankari townhouse, three plays, few stories and more additional amusements from years past. Published by KL-Paino, Ylivieska, 2004. ISBN 952-91-7092-0

External links[edit]

Media related to Himanka at Wikimedia Commons