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Location of Korpilahti in Finland
Landscape of Korpilahti seen from the top of mount Oravivuori

Korpilahti is a former municipality of Finland. Together with Jyväskylän maalaiskunta, Korpilahti was consolidated with Jyväskylä on January 1, 2009.

It is located in the former province of Western Finland and is part of the Central Finland region. The municipality had a population of 5,016 (2003). In addition to this, there are about 4,500 summer-time inhabitants visiting the 2,000 summer cottages.

Korpilahti covered an area of 794.62 km² of which 177.44 km² is water. The population density was 6.3 inhabitants per km².

The municipality is unilingually Finnish. The municipality was also known as "Korpilax" in Swedish. The swedish name is now considered outdated according to the Institute for the Languages of Finland.[1] Politically, Centre Party is dominant. Korpilahti was one of the poorest municipalities in Finland with an unemployment rate of 14.4% (2002).

Korpilahti is relatively well known for its beautiful nature, with mountains and about 200 lakes. Lake Päijänne, the second greatest lake in Finland, is partially in the area of Korpilahti.


Prior to its consolidation into Jyväskylä in 2009, Korpilahti contained of the following villages:


A Pumped-storage hydroelectricity plant was planned on Vaaruvuori near lake Päijänne but environmentalist opposition has killed the project.


External links[edit]

Media related to Korpilahti at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 62°01′00″N 025°33′40″E / 62.01667°N 25.56111°E / 62.01667; 25.56111