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Nurmeksen kaupunki
Nurmes Church
Nurmes Church
Coat of arms of Nurmes
Coat of arms
Location of Nurmes in Finland
Location of Nurmes in Finland
Coordinates: 63°32.7′N 029°08′E / 63.5450°N 29.133°E / 63.5450; 29.133Coordinates: 63°32.7′N 029°08′E / 63.5450°N 29.133°E / 63.5450; 29.133
Country  Finland
Region North Karelia
Sub-region Pielinen sub-region
Charter 1810
Town privileges 1973
 • Town manager Asko Saatsi
Area (2016-01-01)[1]
 • Total 1,601.04 km2 (618.16 sq mi)
 • Land 1,601.09 km2 (618.18 sq mi)
 • Water 253.7 km2 (98.0 sq mi)
Area rank 38th largest in Finland
Population (2016-03-31)[2]
 • Total 7,983
 • Rank 127th largest in Finland
 • Density 4.99/km2 (12.9/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 99% (official)
 • Swedish 0.1%
 • Others 0.9%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 13.3%
 • 15 to 64 62.4%
 • 65 or older 24.3%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20%

Nurmes is a town and municipality of Finland.

It was located in the former province of Eastern Finland until 2010 and is now in the North Karelia region. The town has a population of 7,983 (31 March 2016)[2] and covers an area of 1,601.04 square kilometres (618.16 sq mi) of which 253.7 km2 (98.0 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 4.99 inhabitants per square kilometre (12.9/sq mi). Neighbouring municipalities are Juuka, Kuhmo, Lieksa, Rautavaara, Sotkamo and Valtimo.

Nurmes railway station was the northern terminus of a twice-daily VR passenger train service from Joensuu; the service was withdrawn in early 2016.[6] The railway is now used for freight trains only.

Hotel club Bomba is situated in Nurmes.

Nurmes is also the official Christmas Carol City of Europe.

Karelian nest[edit]

The municipality is officially unilingually Finnish, but in 2009, Finland’s first Karelian language "nest" (pre-school immersion group) was established in Nurmes.[7]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Nurmes is twinned with:


  1. ^ a b "Population density by area 1.1.2016". Statistics Finland. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, maaliskuu.2016" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 31 March 2016.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "population_count" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  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. ^ YLE News: closure of rail service to Nurmes in 2016
  7. ^ "Nurmeksen kielipesässä lapsista tulee karjalankielisiä". Retrieved 2010-07-10. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Nurmes at Wikimedia Commons