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Ruokolahden kunta
Coat of arms of Ruokolahti
Coat of arms
Location of Ruokolahti in Finland
Location of Ruokolahti in Finland
Coordinates: 61°17.5′N 028°49′E / 61.2917°N 28.817°E / 61.2917; 28.817Coordinates: 61°17.5′N 028°49′E / 61.2917°N 28.817°E / 61.2917; 28.817
Country Finland
Region South Karelia
Sub-region Imatra sub-region
Charter 1868
 • Municipal manager Antti Pätilä
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 1,219.90 km2 (471.01 sq mi)
 • Land 943.50 km2 (364.29 sq mi)
 • Water 276.4 km2 (106.7 sq mi)
Area rank 94th largest in Finland
Population (2016-03-31)[2]
 • Total 5,305
 • Rank 175th largest in Finland
 • Density 5.62/km2 (14.6/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 98.8% (official)
 • Swedish 0.1%
 • Others 1.1%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 13.6%
 • 15 to 64 61.5%
 • 65 or older 24.9%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 18.5%
Climate Dfc

Ruokolahti (Swedish: Ruokolax) is a municipality of Finland, situated in south-eastern Finland, in the region of South Karelia. Neighbouring municipalities are Imatra, Lappeenranta, Taipalsaari, Puumala, Sulkava, Punkaharju, Parikkala and Rautjärvi. Ruokolahti covers an area of 1,219.90 square kilometres (471.01 sq mi) of which 23% is water.[1]

Ruokolahti has 5,305 inhabitants (31 March 2016),[2] but the population is doubled in summer as holidaymakers occupy the 3,000 summer cottages in the region.[6]

Ruokolahti is especially known for its natural beauty. In the west there is the shimmering Lake Saimaa and in the east there are hundreds of smaller lakes. The big Salpausselkä ridges run through the area.[6] It is also the town in which famed sniper Simo Häyhä, considered to be one of the greatest of all time, spent the last years of his life.



  1. ^ a b "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  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. ^ a b Hupponen, Paula (14 December 2003). "General Information". Discover Ruokolahti. Ruokolahti: Municipality of Ruokolahti. Retrieved 15 February 2009.  (Text from Discover Ruokolahti web site with a permission.)

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