The childhood home of author Kalle Päätalo has become one of the most visited tourist attractions in Taivalkoski.
Location of Taivalkoski in Finland
|• Municipal manager||Jukka Mikkonen|
|• Total||2,437.95 km2 (941.30 sq mi)|
|• Land||2,438.04 km2 (941.33 sq mi)|
|• Water||212.59 km2 (82.08 sq mi)|
|Area rank||25th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||199th largest in Finland|
|• Density||1.67/km2 (4.3/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||99% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||18.1%|
|• 15 to 64||62.8%|
|• 65 or older||19.1%|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Municipal tax rate||19.75%|
The municipality has a population of 4,076 (31 August 2017) and covers an area of 2,437.95 square kilometres (941.30 sq mi) of which 212.59 km2 (82.08 sq mi) is water. The population density is 1.67 inhabitants per square kilometre (4.3/sq mi).
The municipality is unilingually Finnish. Neighbour municipalities are Kuusamo, Posio, Pudasjärvi and Suomussalmi.
Taivalkoski was the home of famous writer Kalle Päätalo and TV-comedian Pekka Jalava. Also world champion ski jumper Tapio Räisänen, baseball player John Michaelson, and ice hockey player Joni Pitkänen were born in Taivalkoski.
The Iijoki river runs through the centre of the village.
Twin towns — Sister cities
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- "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.
- "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Väliskoostöö" (in Estonian). Illuka vald. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
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