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Närpes stad
Närpiön kaupunki
Town of Närpiö
Närpes Church
Närpes Church
Coat of arms of Närpes
Coat of arms
Location of Närpes in Finland
Location of Närpes in Finland
Coordinates: 62°28′N 021°20′E / 62.467°N 21.333°E / 62.467; 21.333Coordinates: 62°28′N 021°20′E / 62.467°N 21.333°E / 62.467; 21.333
Country Finland
Region Ostrobothnia
Sub-region Sydösterbotten sub-region
Charter 1867
City rights 1993
 • City manager Hans-Erik Lindqvist
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 2,334.15 km2 (901.22 sq mi)
 • Land 977.15 km2 (377.28 sq mi)
 • Water 1,357 km2 (524 sq mi)
Area rank 31st largest in Finland
Population (2016-03-31)[2]
 • Total 9,392
 • Rank 110th largest in Finland
 • Density 9.61/km2 (24.9/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Swedish 88.4% (official)
 • Finnish 5.8% (official)
 • Others 5.8%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 14%
 • 15 to 64 61%
 • 65 or older 25%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20%
Website www.narpes.fi

Närpes (Finnish: Närpiö) is a town and municipality of Finland.

The municipality is located in the former province of Western Finland (all provinces were abolished in 2010) and is part of the Ostrobothnia region. The town has a population of 9,392 (31 March 2016)[2] and covers an area of 2,334.15 square kilometres (901.22 sq mi) of which 1,357 km2 (524 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 9.61 inhabitants per square kilometre (24.9/sq mi).

Närpes has been a bilingual municipality since 2016. Before that Närpes was the last unilingually Swedish-speaking municipality in continental Finland.[6] Because Finland ceased to be part of Sweden in 1809, when it fell under Russian control, the dialect of Swedish speakers has not evolved in the same way as modern Swedish, and has a greater resemblance to Old Swedish. The many bands who sing in that dialect include 1G3B and Nektor.

Economically, the municipality is known for extensive greenhouse farming of tomatoes and manufacture of trailers for trucks.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Närpes is twinned with:


  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 "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, maaliskuu.2016" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  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. ^ Kunnan kaksikielisyys vaatii aikaa, työtä ja kompromisseja Yle.fi 25 April 2016, accessed 25 April 2016

External links[edit]

Media related to Närpes at Wikimedia Commons