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Nurmijärven kunta
Coat of arms of Nurmijärvi
Coat of arms
Location of Nurmijärvi in Finland
Location of Nurmijärvi in Finland
Coordinates: 60°28′N 024°48.5′E / 60.467°N 24.8083°E / 60.467; 24.8083Coordinates: 60°28′N 024°48.5′E / 60.467°N 24.8083°E / 60.467; 24.8083
Country  Finland
Region Uusimaa
Sub-region Helsinki sub-region
Charter 1605
 • Municipal manager Kimmo Behm
Area (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total 367.26 km2 (141.80 sq mi)
 • Land 361.84 km2 (139.71 sq mi)
 • Water 5.4 km2 (2.1 sq mi)
Area rank 211th largest in Finland
Population (2017-08-31)[2]
 • Total 42,191
 • Rank 25th largest in Finland
 • Density 116.6/km2 (302/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 97.1% (official)
 • Swedish 1.2%
 • Others 1.7%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 23.9%
 • 15 to 64 65.3%
 • 65 or older 10.8%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19%
Climate Dfb

Nurmijärvi (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈnurmiˌjærʋi]) is the most populated rural municipality of Finland, located 37 kilometres (23 mi) north of the capital Helsinki.

The close proximity to Helsinki has led to a considerable growth of the major villages such as Klaukkala and Rajamäki, which nowadays are considered dormitory towns of Helsinki. Klaukkala is the biggest built-up area of Nurmijärvi.

Nurmijärvi literally means "lawn lake" although the lake that gave the municipality its name was drained in the early 20th century and is now nothing more than some flat fields near the village centre.

Nurmijärvi is best known as the birthplace of Finland's national author, Aleksis Kivi (1834–1872). His play Nummisuutarit (The Cobblers of the Heath) – with colourful scenes of rural life in the 19th century Nurmijärvi parish – are performed in summer at an outdoor theatre in Palojoki, the village where Kivi was born. The municipality's coat of arms depicts the main characters in his novel Seitsemän veljestä (Seven Brothers).

Matti Vanhanen, former Prime Minister of Finland, lives in Lepsämä in Nurmijärvi.


Results of the Finnish parliamentary election, 2011 in Nurmijärvi:


  1. ^ "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, elokuu 2017" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 18 October 2017. 
  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. 

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