Forssa is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located almost in the centre of a triangle defined by the three largest major cities in Finland (Helsinki, Turku and Tampere), in the Tavastia Proper region, and which is crossed by Highway 2 between Pori and Helsinki and Highway 10 between Turku and Hämeenlinna. The town has a population of 16,738 (31 March 2021) and covers an area of 253.38 square kilometres (97.83 sq mi) of which 4.61 km2 (1.78 sq mi) is water. The population density is 67.28 inhabitants per square kilometre (174.3/sq mi).
|• Town manager||Jari Kesäniemi|
|• Total||253.38 km2 (97.83 sq mi)|
|• Land||248.78 km2 (96.05 sq mi)|
|• Water||4.61 km2 (1.78 sq mi)|
|Area rank||246th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||67th largest in Finland|
|• Density||67.28/km2 (174.3/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||97.4% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||12%|
|• 15 to 64||56.5%|
|• 65 or older||31.5%|
|Time zone||UTC+02:00 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+03:00 (EEST)|
|Municipal tax rate||20.5%|
Forssa is known for its annual big events like in the first weekend of August held Holjat Festival as well as car enthusiasts get together in Pick-Nick, the biggest event in Northern Europe. A tradition is also annual Suvi-ilta Maraton - the second biggest marathon event in Finland. Suvi-ilta Maraton takes place a weekend before Midsummer. There is also a fairly popular harness racing track in Forssa.
The name Forssa comes from the Swedish word "fors", meaning rapids.
The municipality is unilingually Finnish.
Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit
Forssa is twinned with:
- Aarne Ervi (1910–1977)
- Pentti Niinivuori (1931–1988)
- Asko Parpola (born 1941)
- Kalevi Aho (born 1949)
- Juha Jyrkkiö (born 1959)
- Mika Helkearo (born 1960)
- Juuso Nevalainen (born 1997)
- Miia Nuutila (born 1972)
- Jonna Tervomaa (born 1973)
- Johanna Paasikangas-Tella (born 1974)
- Tuukka Kotti (born 1981)
- Kirsi Perälä (born 1982)
- Jussi Heikkilä (born 1983)
- Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (born 1983)
- Juuse Saros (born 1995)
The town was co-host of the 1982 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship for Women.
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- "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2021" (PDF). Tax Administration of Finland. 1 December 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
- "Forssa - Häme-Wiki".
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Forssa.|
Media related to Forssa at Wikimedia Commons
- Town of Forssa – Official website