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Former municipality
Punkaharjun kunta
Punkaharju Ridge
Punkaharju Ridge
Coat of arms of Punkaharju
Coat of arms
Location of Punkaharju in Finland
Location of Punkaharju in Finland
Coordinates: 61°45′N 029°24′E / 61.750°N 29.400°E / 61.750; 29.400Coordinates: 61°45′N 029°24′E / 61.750°N 29.400°E / 61.750; 29.400
Country Finland
Region Southern Savonia
Sub-region Savonlinna sub-region
Charter 1924
Consolidated 2013
 • Total 748.12 km2 (288.85 sq mi)
 • Land 471.26 km2 (181.95 sq mi)
 • Water 276.86 km2 (106.90 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2012)[2]
 • Total 3,702
 • Density 7.86/km2 (20.4/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Website www.punkaharju.fi

Punkaharju is a former municipality of Finland. It was consolidated with the town of Savonlinna on January 1, 2013.

It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. The municipality has a population of 3,702 (31 December 2012) and covers an area of 748.12 square kilometres (288.85 sq mi) of which 276.86 km2 (106.90 sq mi) is water. The population density is 7.8555/km2 (20.3457/sq mi). The municipality is unilingually Finnish.[3]

Finnish Forest Museum Lusto and the Finnish forest research institute is located at Punkaharju, which hosts a research forest park open for visitors. In the park you can find some of the tallest trees in the whole Finland, for example pines in the height of 40 metres (130 ft). Punkaharju ridge is a famous national landscape protected by a national reserve.


  1. ^ "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 31.1.2012" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  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. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Punkaharju at Wikimedia Commons

  • Punkaharju – Official site (in Finnish)(in English)