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Oulaisten kaupunki
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
Region Northern Ostrobothnia
Sub-region Ylivieska sub-region
Charter 1865
City rights 1977
 • Town manager Esa Sippola
Area (2016-01-01)[1]
 • Total 587.79 km2 (226.95 sq mi)
 • Land 587.53 km2 (226.85 sq mi)
 • Water 10.01 km2 (3.86 sq mi)
Area rank 143rd largest in Finland
Population (2016-03-31)[2]
 • Total 7,597
 • Rank 130th largest in Finland
 • Density 12.93/km2 (33.5/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 99.1% (official)
 • Swedish 0.2%
 • Others 0.7%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 20.5%
 • 15 to 64 61.5%
 • 65 or older 18.1%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 21%
Website www.oulainen.fi

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

It is located in the province of Oulu and is part of the Northern Ostrobothnia region. The municipality has a population of 7,597 (31 March 2016)[2] and covers an area of 587.79 square kilometres (226.95 sq mi) of which 10.01 km2 (3.86 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 12.93 inhabitants per square kilometre (33.5/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 "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. 
  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
  7. ^ Waltakunnalliset Weteraanikonepäivät

External links[edit]

Media related to Oulainen at Wikimedia Commons