Puolanka

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Puolanka
Municipality
Puolangan kunta
Puolanka Church
Puolanka Church
Coat of arms of Puolanka
Coat of arms
Location of Puolanka in Finland
Location of Puolanka in Finland
Coordinates: 64°52′05″N 027°40′15″E / 64.86806°N 27.67083°E / 64.86806; 27.67083Coordinates: 64°52′05″N 027°40′15″E / 64.86806°N 27.67083°E / 64.86806; 27.67083
Country  Finland
Region Kainuu
Sub-region Kehys-Kainuu sub-region
Government
 • Municipal manager Seppo Rajala
Area (2016-01-01)[1]
 • Total 2,461.25 km2 (950.29 sq mi)
 • Land 2,461.45 km2 (950.37 sq mi)
 • Water 137.3 km2 (53.0 sq mi)
Area rank 24th largest in Finland
Population (2016-03-31)[2]
 • Total 2,765
 • Rank 237th largest in Finland
 • Density 1.12/km2 (2.9/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 99.2% (official)
 • Others 0.8%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 12.7%
 • 15 to 64 62.1%
 • 65 or older 25.2%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20%
Website www.puolanka.fi

Puolanka is a municipality in Finland located in the Kainuu region. The municipality has a population of 2,765 (31 March 2016)[2] and covers an area of 2,461.25 square kilometres (950.29 sq mi) of which 137.3 km2 (53.0 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 1.12 inhabitants per square kilometre (2.9/sq mi).

The highest waterfall in Finland, Hepoköngäs is located 16 kilometres (10 mi) from the center of Puolanka.

The municipality is unilingually Finnish. The municipality is also known as "Puolango" in Swedish documents.[6][7]

History[edit]

The first permanent settlers in Puolanka came in the 1550s.[8]

The municipality of Puolanka was established in the year of 1867. In that same year the Puolanka parish became independent from the Hyrynsalmi church to which it had previously belonged to administratively. The municipal council of Puolanka was formed in the year of 1916.[8]

At its peak Puolanka had a population of about 7,520 in 1960. Towards the end of the 1960s, however, Puolanka's population began to decline, alike other municipalities within Kainuu.[8]

Villages[edit]

Villages within Puolanka are as follows: Aittokylä, Auho, Joukokylä, Kivarinjärvi, Kotila, Kongasmäki, Leipivaara, Lylykylä, Naulaperä, Puokio, Puolanka, Rasinkylä, Suolijärvi, Vihajärvi, Väyrylä, Yli-Oterma, Törmänmäki.

Notable individuals[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  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 :: Svenska ortnamn i Finland
  7. ^ "Puolanka History, History of Puolanka, Puolanka City Information | Traveltill.com". Traveltill. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  8. ^ a b c "Historia". www.puolanka.fi. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Puolanka at Wikimedia Commons