Kankaanpää

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Kankaanpää
Town
Kankaanpään kaupunki
Kankaanpää stad
Coat of arms of Kankaanpää
Coat of arms
Location of Kankaanpää in Finland
Location of Kankaanpää in Finland
Coordinates: 61°48′N 022°24′E / 61.800°N 22.400°E / 61.800; 22.400Coordinates: 61°48′N 022°24′E / 61.800°N 22.400°E / 61.800; 22.400
Country Finland
RegionSatakunta
Sub-regionNorthern Satakunta sub-region
Charter1865
Market town1967
Town privileges1972
Government
 • Town managerMika Hatanpää
Area
 (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total704.73 km2 (272.10 sq mi)
 • Land689.57 km2 (266.24 sq mi)
 • Water15.37 km2 (5.93 sq mi)
Area rank122nd largest in Finland
Population
(2018-08-31)[2]
 • Total11,506
 • Rank88th largest in Finland
 • Density16.69/km2 (43.2/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish98.9% (official)
 • Swedish0.1%
 • Others1%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1415.5%
 • 15 to 6466.1%
 • 65 or older18.4%
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]20%
ClimateDfc
Websitewww.kankaanpaa.fi

Kankaanpää is a town and municipality of Finland. Kankaanpää was founded in 1865, became a township in 1967 and finally a town in 1972. It is located in the crossroads of Hämeenkangas and Pohjankangas ridges. It belongs to the region of Satakunta. Kankaanpää has a population of about 11,500 inhabitants.[6]

History[edit]

First signs of humanity in the area are from the stone age and during the 16th century people started to settle in Kankaanpää area. Oldest houses that area found from the documents of Sweden-Finland are from the 1560 decade.

The oldest passage in the province was from Hämeenkyrö through the ridges to Kauhajoki. In the 17th century it was the most important road between southern Finland and Ostrobothnia. The king of Sweden visited Kankaanpää twice. Gustavus Adolphus travelled from Ilmajoki to Hämeenlinna through Kankaanpää in 1614 and Adolf Fredrik had a rest in Kuninkaanlähde spring to water his horses and to eat in 1752. The spring was named after this event.

The church of Kankaanpää has been built in 1839. Architect of the church was C. L. Engel.

Politics[edit]

Results of the Finnish parliamentary election, 2011 in Kankaanpää:

Education[edit]

Kankaanpää offers basic education with 12 elementary schools and a secondary school. There is also a trade school and a polytechnic school which will be abolished in near future. The Artillery School in the Artillery Brigade provides university-level education for all future career artillery officers.

Culture[edit]

Kankaanpää town museum is presenting the life in Kankaanpää during the last 100 years.

Military[edit]

It is located near the Pojankangas Training Area, which is capable of housing main battle tanks used by the United States Marine Corps.[7]

Weather[edit]

The following weather chart is from Niinisalo, a garrison village in Kankaanpää.

Niinisalo
Climate chart (explanation)
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Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: World Climate[8]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Kankaanpää is twinned with:

People born in Kankaanpää[edit]

Military cemetery at church in Kankaanpää

Surnames[edit]

The most common surnames in Kankaanpää and their frequencies as of 2014:[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Ennakkoväkiluku kuukausittain sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, elokuu 2018" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  6. ^ Cite error: The named reference population count was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  7. ^ Snow, Shawn (May 22, 2018). "The Corps moved tanks from secret caves in Norway to Finland. Here's why". Marine Corps Times. But the Corps pulled out all the stops by moving its main battle tank from a series of secret cave complexes in Norway — a Cold War era storage program designed to rapidly equip Marines for a fight with Russia — to Pojankangas Training Area near Kankaanpaa, Finland for the exercise.
  8. ^ "World Climate". Niinisalo, Finland: Climate-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-08-16.
  9. ^ Most common surnames in Kankaanpää

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