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Former municipality
Ruotsinpyhtään kunta
Strömfors kommun
Old buildings of the Strömfors Iron works
Old buildings of the Strömfors Iron works
Coat of arms of Ruotsinpyhtää
Coat of arms
Location of Ruotsinpyhtää in Finland
Location of Ruotsinpyhtää in Finland
Coordinates: 60°31.5′N 026°28′E / 60.5250°N 26.467°E / 60.5250; 26.467Coordinates: 60°31.5′N 026°28′E / 60.5250°N 26.467°E / 60.5250; 26.467
Sub-regionLoviisa sub-region
 • Municipal managerRisto Nieminen
 • Total470.03 km2 (181.48 sq mi)
 • Land276.67 km2 (106.82 sq mi)
 • Water193.36 km2 (74.66 sq mi)
 • Total2,893
Population by age
 • 0 to 14%
 • 15 to 64%
 • 65 or older%
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Ruotsinpyhtää (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈruotsimˌpyhtæː]; Swedish: Strömfors) is a former municipality of Finland. Ruotsinpyhtää, Pernå and Liljendal were consolidated to Loviisa on January 1, 2010.

It is located in the province of Southern Finland and was part of the Eastern Uusimaa region (now Uusimaa). The municipality had a population of 2,893 (December 31, 2009)[2] and covered an area of 470.03 square kilometres (181.48 sq mi) of which 193.36 km2 (74.66 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density was 10.46 inhabitants per square kilometre (27.1/sq mi).

The municipality was bilingual, with majority being Finnish and minority Swedish speakers.


The area of Ruotsinpyhtää was originally part of Pyhtää. After the Treaty of Åbo in 1743 the border between Sweden and Russian Empire was drawn on the Ahvenkoski rapid, dividing Pyhtää between the two states. Due to this the western side became known as Ruotsinpyhtää (Swedish Pyhtää). In 1744 Jakob Forsell (later af Forselles) and Anders Nohrström bought the local ironworks, which was renamed Strömfors after their surnames. In 1817 Strömfors became the official Swedish name for the municipality.[3]

The Ruotsinpyhtää church was built in 1771 from wood. The church was renovated in 1898 to its current gothic revival appearance.[4][5]

People born in Ruotsinpyhtää[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2009" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 25, 2009. Retrieved February 20, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Population by municipality as of 31 December 2009". Population Information System (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Archived from the original on December 2, 2010. Retrieved January 13, 2010.
  3. ^ Ruotsinpyhtää – Strömfors
  4. ^ Ruotsinpyhtää – Strömfors
  5. ^ Kulttuuriympäristö (in Finnish)

External links[edit]

Media related to Ruotsinpyhtää at Wikimedia Commons