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Kempeleen kunta
Holy Trinity Church, Kempele
Holy Trinity Church, Kempele
Coat of arms of Kempele
Coat of arms
Location of Kempele in Finland
Location of Kempele in Finland
Coordinates: 64°54′45″N 025°30′30″E / 64.91250°N 25.50833°E / 64.91250; 25.50833Coordinates: 64°54′45″N 025°30′30″E / 64.91250°N 25.50833°E / 64.91250; 25.50833
Country Finland
Region Northern Ostrobothnia
Sub-region Oulu sub-region
Charter 1867
 • Municipality manager Kari Ahokas
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 110.35 km2 (42.61 sq mi)
 • Land 110.12 km2 (42.52 sq mi)
 • Water 0.23 km2 (0.09 sq mi)
Area rank 327th largest in Finland
Population (2015-06-30)[2]
 • Total 16,940
 • Rank 73rd largest in Finland
 • Density 153.83/km2 (398.4/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 99% (official)
 • Swedish 0.1%
 • Others 0.8%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 25.8%
 • 15 to 64 64.8%
 • 65 or older 9.4%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 90440, 90450
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.5%

Kempele is a municipality in the province of Oulu, in Finland. The municipality is located in Northern Finland just south of city of Oulu. The population of Kempele is 16,940 (30 June 2015) and the municipality covers an area of 110.33 square kilometres (42.60 sq mi) (excluding sea areas) of which 0.21 square kilometres (0.081 sq mi) is inland water (2011-01-01). The population density is 154 inhabitants per square kilometre (400/sq mi) (30 June 2015). The municipality of Kempele was founded in 1867.

Kempele is the birthplace of NHL goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Neighbourhood municipalities are Liminka, Oulu, Oulunsalo and Tyrnävä.


First permanent inhabitants settled in Kempele area approximately 500 years ago – at that time coast line was closer than what it is today. Kempele was part of Greater Liminka and consisted only of three houses in 1568 when the area was called as Kempele first time in official context. Full church privileges were granted to Kempele in 1774, which also meant separation from Liminka. Municipality administration was established in 1867.


The old wooden church was built between 1688–1691.

The old wooden church of Kempele, which was built in late 17th century, is one of the oldest wooden churches in Finland. Originally Kempele was granted rights to build up a praying room in 1688, but local parishioners decided to construct a church with steeple. As it was typical at that time to bury local notable persons under the church building, also in Kempele there are approximately 150 graves – last of them from 1796. The church includes decorations by the noted Finnish painter, Mikael Toppelius.

Even though the old church is not anymore in active use after the new one was built next to it in 1990s, some activities are still kept in there.

Kempele may be best known, however, for being the headquarters of the world-famous heart rate monitor corporation, Polar Electro, which first innovated this product in 1978.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]


  1. ^ "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 30.06.2015" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  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. ^ "Välissuhted" (in Estonian). Elva linn. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Kempele at Wikimedia Commons