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For other places with the same name, see Kotka (disambiguation).
Kotkan kaupunki
The centre of Kotka
The centre of Kotka
Coat of arms of Kotka
Coat of arms
Location of Kotka in Finland
Location of Kotka in Finland
Coordinates: 60°28′N 026°56.5′E / 60.467°N 26.9417°E / 60.467; 26.9417Coordinates: 60°28′N 026°56.5′E / 60.467°N 26.9417°E / 60.467; 26.9417
Country Finland
Region Kymenlaakso
Sub-region Kotka-Hamina sub-region
Charter 1879
 • City manager Henry Lindelöf
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 949.74 km2 (366.70 sq mi)
 • Land 271.29 km2 (104.75 sq mi)
 • Water 678.45 km2 (261.95 sq mi)
Area rank 117th largest in Finland
Population (2015-06-30)[2]
 • Total 54,441
 • Rank 19th largest in Finland
 • Density 200.67/km2 (519.7/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 94.4% (official)
 • Swedish 1%
 • Others 4.5%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 14.8%
 • 15 to 64 65.5%
 • 65 or older 19.6%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.5%
Climate Dfb
Website www.kotka.fi

Kotka (literally eagle) is a town and municipality of Finland.

Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. The municipality has a population of 54,441 (30 June 2015)[2] and covers an area of 949.74 square kilometres (366.70 sq mi) of which 678.45 km2 (261.95 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 200.67 inhabitants per square kilometre (519.7/sq mi). The city centre of Kotka is located at Kotkansaari island.

The municipality is officially unilingually Finnish.

The Port of Kotka is a major Finnish sea port that serves both the foreign trade of Finland and Russia.[6]


The Second All-Russian Conference of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party was held in Kotka, on July 21–23 (Aug. 3–5), 1907.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Kotka is twinned with:[7]


The most famous sport team from Kotka is KTP (Kotkan Työväen Palloilijat). It competes in football and basketball.



  1. ^ a b "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "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. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Hassinen, Raino. "Kotka - International co-operation: Twin Cities". City of Kotka. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  8. ^ "Twin-cities of Klaipėda". Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  9. ^ "Some 15 Finnish towns have twinned with friendship cities in China". Helsingin Sanomat International Edition. 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Kotka at Wikimedia Commons