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Oulaisten kaupunki
Oulais stad
Coat of arms of Oulainen
Coat of arms
Location of Oulainen in Finland
Location of Oulainen in Finland
Coordinates: 64°16′N 024°49′E / 64.267°N 24.817°E / 64.267; 24.817Coordinates: 64°16′N 024°49′E / 64.267°N 24.817°E / 64.267; 24.817
Country Finland
RegionNorthern Ostrobothnia
Sub-regionYlivieska sub-region
City rights1977
 • Town managerVeli Tirilä
 • Total597.53 km2 (230.71 sq mi)
 • Land587.53 km2 (226.85 sq mi)
 • Water10.01 km2 (3.86 sq mi)
Area rank143rd largest in Finland
 • Total7,407
 • Rank130th largest in Finland
 • Density12.61/km2 (32.7/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish99.1% (official)
 • Swedish0.2%
 • Others0.7%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1420.5%
 • 15 to 6461.5%
 • 65 or older18.1%
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]21%

Oulainen is a town and a municipality of Finland, founded in 1865. It received township rights in 1977.

It is located in the Northern Ostrobothnia region. The municipality has a population of 7,407 (31 January 2019)[2] and covers an area of 597.53 square kilometres (230.71 sq mi) of which 10.01 km2 (3.86 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 12.61 inhabitants per square kilometre (32.7/sq mi). Neighbouring municipalities are Alavieska, Haapavesi, Merijärvi, Pyhäjoki, Raahe and Ylivieska.

The municipality is unilingually Finnish. The municipality has previously also been known as "Oulais" in Swedish documents, but is today referred to as "Oulainen" also in Swedish.[6]

In addition to the town center, the municipality includes the villages of Kilpua, Lehtopää, Matkaniva, Petäjäskoski, Piipsjärvi and Honkaranta.


Notable annual events include the National Veteran Machines Fair (Waltakunnalliset Weteraanikonepäivät)[7] and Oulainen Music Weeks (Oulaisten Musiikkiviikot). Oulainen Music Weeks were organized for the twentieth time in 2006. The Oulainen Youth Choir (Oulaisten Nuorisokuoro) has received international acclaim.


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  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Suomen virallinen tilasto (SVT): Väestön ennakkotilasto [verkkojulkaisu]. Tammikuu 2019" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  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. ^ Kotimaisten kielten tutkimuskeskus :: Kuntien nimet Archived 2011-12-23 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Waltakunnalliset Weteraanikonepäivät

External links[edit]

Media related to Oulainen at Wikimedia Commons