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Former town
Karjaan kaupunki
Karis stad
Coat of arms of Karis
Coat of arms
Location of Karis in Finland
Location of Karis in Finland
Coordinates: 60°04′15″N 023°39′45″E / 60.07083°N 23.66250°E / 60.07083; 23.66250Coordinates: 60°04′15″N 023°39′45″E / 60.07083°N 23.66250°E / 60.07083; 23.66250
Country Finland
Region Uusimaa
Sub-region Ekenäs sub-region
Founded 1930
Town privileges 1977
Consolidated 2009
 • Total 214.76 km2 (82.92 sq mi)
 • Land 196.82 km2 (75.99 sq mi)
 • Water 17.94 km2 (6.93 sq mi)
Population (2008-12-31)[2]
 • Total 9,155
 • Density 46.51/km2 (120.5/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish 38% (official)
 • Swedish 59% (official)
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Climate Dfb

Karis (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkɑːrɪs]; Finnish: Karjaa, pronounced [ˈkɑrjɑː]) is a former Finnish town and Finnish municipality in Finland. On January 1, 2009, it was consolidated with Ekenäs and Pohja to form the new town of Raseborg; Finnish: Raasepori.

It is located in the Finnish province of Southern Finland and is part of Uusimaa, one of the regions of Finland. The town had a population of 9,155 (as of 31 December 2008)[3] and covered a land area of 196.82 square kilometres (75.99 sq mi).[4] The population density was 46.51 inhabitants per square kilometre (120.5/sq mi).

The municipality was bilingual, with a majority (59%) being Swedish language speakers and a minority (38%) being Finnish language speakers.

Karis railway station is on both the Rantarata line, connecting Helsinki Central railway station and Turku Central railway station; and on the Hanko–Hyvinkää railway where it is the junction station for branch line services to Hanko railway station. Stage magician Simo Aalto came from the town.

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  1. ^ "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2008" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Population by municipality as of 31 December 2008". Population Information System (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Archived from the original on 2010-12-02. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference population count was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference total area was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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