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Puumalan kunta
Kukonharju Channel
Kukonharju Channel
Coat of arms of Puumala
Coat of arms
Location of Puumala in Finland
Location of Puumala in Finland
Coordinates: 61°31.5′N 028°11′E / 61.5250°N 28.183°E / 61.5250; 28.183Coordinates: 61°31.5′N 028°11′E / 61.5250°N 28.183°E / 61.5250; 28.183
Country  Finland
Region Southern Savonia
Sub-region Mikkeli sub-region
Charter 1868
 • Municipal manager Matias Hildén
Area (2016-01-01)[1]
 • Total 794.50 km2 (306.76 sq mi)
 • Land 794.53 km2 (306.77 sq mi)
 • Water 443.17 km2 (171.11 sq mi)
Area rank 102nd largest in Finland
Population (2016-03-31)[2]
 • Total 2,237
 • Rank 259th largest in Finland
 • Density 2.82/km2 (7.3/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 98.9% (official)
 • Swedish 0.1%
 • Others 1%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 9.8%
 • 15 to 64 61.6%
 • 65 or older 28.6%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 21%
Website www.puumala.fi

Puumala is a municipality of Finland.

It is located in the Southern Savonia region. The municipality has a population of 2,237 (31 March 2016)[2] and covers an area of 794.50 square kilometres (306.76 sq mi) of which 443.17 km2 (171.11 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 2.82 inhabitants per square kilometre (7.3/sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

The main road route through the region is route 62, which connects to Mikkeli to the north and Imatra to the south.

Until the year 1995 a cable ferry connected the two sides of Puumalansalmi-strait. In 1995, a 781-metre-long (2,562 ft) bridge replaced the ferry. The bridge is a very dominant structure when looking Puumala town center from a distance.

Puumala has relatively good services compared to the amount of population. In the town center is situated a post office, an Alko store, a kiosk, several supermarkets and a few restaurants. The reason for the survival of these entrepreneurs is the arrival of summer inhabitants who triple the population of Puumala during the season.

In history it is remembered for being the site of a staged attack on Swedish soldiers, by men wearing Russian military uniforms, but not actually serving in the Imperial Russian Army, on the 27th June 1788. This would allow Gustav III to declare a defensive war against the Russian Empire.

The puumala virus is named from here as it was first isolated from samples from the Puumala area.



  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.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "population_count" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  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. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Puumala at Wikimedia Commons