Närpes

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Närpes
NärpesNärpiö
Town
Närpes stad
Närpiön kaupunki
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
Government
 • City manager Hans-Erik Lindqvist
Area (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total 2,334.14 km2 (901.22 sq mi)
 • Land 977.15 km2 (377.28 sq mi)
 • Water 1,357 km2 (524 sq mi)
Area rank 80th largest in Finland
Population (2018-08-31)[2]
 • Total 9,503
 • Rank 110th largest in Finland
 • Density 9.73/km2 (25.2/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 UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20%
Website www.narpes.fi
Languages spoken natively in Närpes, 2013.
Blue: Swedish;
Brown: Finnish
Yellow: All other languages

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 9,503 (31 August 2018)[2] and covers an area of 2,334.14 square kilometres (901.22 sq mi) of which 1,357 km2 (524 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 9.73 inhabitants per square kilometre (25.2/sq mi).

Närpes has been a bilingual municipality since 2016. Before that Närpes was the last unilingually Swedish-speaking municipality in continental Finland.[6] Most locals speak a divergent variety of Ostrobothnian 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.

Demographics[edit]

Närpiö has attracted lots of immigrants, and has also welcomed refugees.[7]

Largest immigrant groups:[8]

  1. Vietnam Vietnam (403)
  2. Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina (388)
  3. Sweden Sweden (254)
  4. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia (254)
  5. Thailand Thailand (58)
  6. Russia Russia (54)
  7. Ukraine Ukraine (51)
  8. Estonia Estonia (42)
  9. Croatia Croatia (32)
  10. Lithuania Lithuania (30)
  11. United States United States (28)
  12. Ecuador Ecuador (25)

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Närpes is twinned with:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Ennakkoväkiluku kuukausittain sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, elokuu 2018" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  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
  7. ^ https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/narpio_becomes_magnet_for_immigrants/5678460
  8. ^ http://pxnet2.stat.fi/PXWeb/pxweb/fi/StatFin/StatFin__vrm__vaerak/statfin_vaerak_pxt_032.px/?rxid=726cd24d-d0f1-416a-8eec-7ce9b82fd5a4

External links[edit]

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