Ikaalinen (Finnish: [ˈikɑːlinen]; Swedish: Ikalis) is a city and municipality of Finland. It is part of the Pirkanmaa region, located 55 kilometres (34 mi) northwest of Tampere. The town has a population of 6,783 (28 February 2023)[2] and covers an area of 843.40 square kilometres (325.64 sq mi) of which 93.16 km2 (35.97 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 9.04 inhabitants per square kilometre (23.4/sq mi).

Ikaalisten kaupunki
Ikalis stad
Ikaalinen Church
Ikaalinen Church
Coat of arms of Ikaalinen
Location of Ikaalinen in Finland
Location of Ikaalinen in Finland
Coordinates: 61°46′N 023°04′E / 61.767°N 23.067°E / 61.767; 23.067
Country Finland
Sub-regionNorth Western Pirkanmaa
City rights1977
 • Town managerKari Tolonen
 • Total843.40 km2 (325.64 sq mi)
 • Land750.30 km2 (289.69 sq mi)
 • Water93.16 km2 (35.97 sq mi)
 • Rank111th largest in Finland
 • Total6,783
 • Rank137th largest in Finland
 • Density9.04/km2 (23.4/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish97.2% (official)
 • Swedish0.2%
 • Others2.6%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1413.7%
 • 15 to 6453.8%
 • 65 or older32.4%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Postal code

The municipalities next to it are Hämeenkyrö, Jämijärvi, Kankaanpää, Parkano, Sastamala and Ylöjärvi. The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

The Seitseminen national park is partly located in the municipality.

S. Albert Kivinen, a writer and associate professor of philosophy of the University of Helsinki, is a native of Ikaalinen and his story Keskiyön Mato Ikaalisissa ("The Midnight Worm in Ikaalinen") is set there.

Ikaalinen became an independent municipality in 1641. The associated market town was founded in 1858. The market town and the municipality were united in 1972 and Ikaalinen became a town in 1977.

The centre of Ikaalinen is on lake Kyrösjärvi near the highway 3 (E12).

Transport Edit

The private coach company OnniBus route Helsinki—Seinäjoki—Vaasa has a stop at Ikaalinen.

Notable people Edit

See also Edit

  • Nokia, another spa town in the Pirkanmaa region

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Preliminary population structure by area, 2022M01*-2023M02*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 4 April 2023.
  3. ^ "Demographic Structure by area as of 31 December 2022". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ a b "Luettelo kuntien ja seurakuntien tuloveroprosenteista vuonna 2023". Tax Administration of Finland. 14 November 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2023.

External links Edit

  Media related to Ikaalinen at Wikimedia Commons