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Uudenkaupungin kaupunki
Nystads stad
Uusikaupunki aerial 1.jpg
Coat of arms of Uusikaupunki
Location of Uusikaupunki in Finland
Location of Uusikaupunki in Finland
Coordinates: 60°48′N 021°25′E / 60.800°N 21.417°E / 60.800; 21.417Coordinates: 60°48′N 021°25′E / 60.800°N 21.417°E / 60.800; 21.417
Country Finland
RegionSouthwest Finland
Sub-regionVakka-Suomi sub-region
CharterApril 19, 1617[1]
 • Town managerAtso Vainio
 • Town1,932.42 km2 (746.11 sq mi)
 • Land502.61 km2 (194.06 sq mi)
 • Water1,430.07 km2 (552.15 sq mi)
 • Metro
502.49 km2 (194.01 sq mi)
Area rank173rd largest in Finland
 • Town15,457
 • Rank73rd largest in Finland
 • Density30.75/km2 (79.6/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish98.8% (official)
 • Swedish0.5%
 • Others0.7%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1413.3%
 • 15 to 6457.4%
 • 65 or older29.3%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[6]20.75%

Uusikaupunki (Finnish: [ˈuːsiˌkɑu̯puŋki]; Swedish: Nystad) is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located in the Southwest Finland region, 71 kilometres (44 mi) northwest of Turku and 97 kilometres (60 mi) south of Pori. The municipality has a population of 15,457 (31 March 2021)[3] and covers an area of 551.65 square kilometres (212.99 sq mi) of which 49.04 km2 (18.93 sq mi) is inland water. The population density is 30.75 inhabitants per square kilometre (79.6/sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish. Both its Finnish and Swedish names translate literally to "new town". The original name of the main village that was incorporated into Uusikaupunki was Kalainen[7] (roughly translated from Finnish as "rich in fish"). The surrounding region, and especially the neighboring town of Kalanti, which merged with Uusikaupunki in 1993, was already a lively marketplace for wooden objects and salt in the early Middle Ages. Uusikaupunki was founded to legalize this trade.[8]

The town of Uusikaupunki was founded as a town with the rights of commerce on April 19, 1617 by decree by Gustav II Adolf.[1] In 1721, the Peace of Nystad was signed in Uusikaupunki, ending the Great Northern War between Sweden and Russia, but as the Crimean War broke out in 1853, Uusikaupunki was attacked by French Navy and British Navy in 1855 during the Åland War. Up to the 19th century, Uusikaupunki was an important port for commerce and fishing, and up to the latter half of the 20th century, the Port of Uusikaupunki retained an important ship-building industry.

Uusikaupunki is the home of Valmet Automotive, a contract automobile mechanical production company, producing cars and vehicles for brands such as Mercedes-Benz. It was founded in 1968 as Saab-Valmet for manufacturing Saab cars. As of June 2017, Valmet is assembling Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class cars. Today, Valmet is one of the largest and most significant employers in Uusikaupunki.[9]

Uusikaupunki is home to the Bonk museum.[10]


Uusikaupunki is located in the Vakka-Suomi sub-region on the shores of the Gulf of Bothnia.[11] The Sirppu River [fi] (Sirppujoki) flows through the town and flows into the reservoir of Uusikaupunki in the northern part of the town. The freshwater pool was built in 1965 when the bays of Velhovesi and Ruotsinvesi were dammed from the sea. The area of the basin is about 40 km², and the town and part of Vakka-Suomi get their domestic water from it. The acidity of the freshwater basin has caused some fish deaths as well as an overgrowth of aquatic plants.[12]

In 2011, the Bothnian Sea National Park was established in the outer archipelago of Uusikaupunki. The area, named Finland's largest marine national park, begins in the south of the Kustavi archipelago and ends in the north in the Merikarvia archipelago.[13]


The results of the 2011 Finnish parliamentary election in Uusikaupunki were:


Points of interest[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Uusikaupunki is twinned with:



Karjurock, the annual rock music festival has been held in Uusikaupunki since 2007.[16][17]


The town was co-host of the 1982 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship for Women.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Yleistä Uudenkaupungin historiasta (in Finnish)
  2. ^ "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Preliminary population structure by area, 2021M01*-2021M03*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Population according to age (1-year) and sex by area and the regional division of each statistical reference year, 2003-2020". StatFin. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  6. ^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2021" (PDF). Tax Administration of Finland. 1 December 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  7. ^ "1033–1034 (Pieni Tietosanakirja / IV. San Remo – Öölanti)". Runeberg.org. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Uusikaupunki – Uudenkaupungin historian lyhyt oppimäärä". 7 October 2013. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  9. ^ IL: Valmet Automotive käynnistää 1 000 henkilön jättirekrytoinnin (in Finnish)
  10. ^ "Bonk Museum". Bonkcentre.fi. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Perustietoja ja murretta" (in Finnish). Town of Uusikaupunki. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  12. ^ "Makeanvedenallas" (in Finnish). Town of Uusikaupunki. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Selkämerelle perustettu Suomen suurin mereinen kansallispuisto". www.metsa.fi (in Finnish). Metsähallitus. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  14. ^ "Karilla". Karilla.fi. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Suomen kuntien ystävyyskunnat Virossa" (in Finnish). Embassy of Finland, Tallinn. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  16. ^ Karjurockissa historiallisen suuri leirintäalue: "Lipunmyynti on nyt älyttömän kovassa vauhdissa!"Raumalainen (in Finnish)
  17. ^ Sikailua ja karjukisailua villisikatilallaTurun Sanomat (in Finnish)

External links[edit]

Media related to Uusikaupunki at Wikimedia Commons Uusikaupunki travel guide from Wikivoyage