Ikaalinen (Swedish: Ikalis) is a town and municipality of Finland.


Ikaalisten kaupunki
Ikalis stad
Ikaalinen Church
Ikaalinen Church
Coat of arms of Ikaalinen
Coat of arms
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; 23.067Coordinates: 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)
Area rank111th largest in Finland
 • Total6,880
 • Rank137th largest in Finland
 • Density9.17/km2 (23.8/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish99% (official)
 • Swedish0.1%
 • Others0.8%
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
Municipal tax rate[5]22%

It is part of the Pirkanmaa region. The town has a population of 6,880 (31 March 2021)[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 9.17 inhabitants per square kilometre (23.8/sq mi).

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.

Ikaalinen is an old tourist attraction in Finland. Its spa tradition dates back to the last century and folk music, especially accordion music is one of its traditions. Its beautiful landscape has always fascinated visitors.

During the last decades Ikaalinen developed into a versatile service centre with good business, educational and recreational facilities. Today about 55% of the population earns its living from the service sector and 15% from agriculture, which has always provided an important source of income.

S. Albert Kivinen, the associate professor of philosophy of the University of Helsinki, is the most famous living native of Ikaalinen, due to his tongue-in-the-cheek horror stories written in Lovecraftian style. His most famous fictional work, Keskiyön Mato Ikaalisissa ("The Midnight Worm in Ikaalinen"), is a Lovecraftian story set in his childhood surroundings in Ikaalinen.

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 the beautiful lake Kyrösjärvi nearby the highway 3 (E12).

The biggest industrial plants are Upofloor, Georgia Pacific Paper, E Avenue and Katsa.


  • Sulo Aittoniemi, Congressman
  • Pentti Alhonen, environmental geologist, micropaleontologist and limnologist
  • Outi Borgenström, sportsperson (Orienteering)
  • Heikki Eränen, Homeland Counselor
  • Felix Frang, Artist (painter)
  • Oskar Gripenberg, General of Infantry
  • Edvard Gylling, Politician (SDP, SKP), statistician
  • Lauri Hietanen, SOK chairman, Minister, Counselor
  • Jari Huhtasalo, Artist (singer), deacon
  • Riku Huhtasalo, Conductor in chief, music Major
  • Päivi Ikola, sportsperson
  • S. Albert Kivinen, Philosopher
  • Tapani Klöf, Major General
  • Vilho Korhonen, Congressman, school teacher
  • Jarmo Kujanpää, sportsperson (football)
  • Kalervo Kurkiala, Chaplain (1931–38)
  • Lauri Leppihalme, Congressman (Maalaisliitto)
  • Pirjo Markkola, Professor
  • Valtteri Mikonmäki, Congressman (Maalaisliitto), kirkkoherra
  • Nils Osara, Professor, President of Metsähallitus
  • Leo Pahlama, Artist (painter)
  • Pentti Papunen, science writer
  • Eila Pienimäki, Artist (singer)
  • Matti Pitkänen, sportsperson (Cross country skiing)
  • Krista Pärmäkoski, sportsperson (Cross country skiing)
  • Esko Raipia, Actor
  • Teemu Rajamäki, Musician (bass player)
  • Yrjö Roos, Navy Commander
  • Lempi Rothovius, Oldest living person in Finland at the time of her death.
  • Eino Salmelainen, Theater director
  • Samuli Samuelsson, sportsperson (sprinter)
  • Eero Selin, musician (violin), conductor
  • Yrjö Selin, Professor, musician (cello)
  • Timo Sinervo, sportsperson (discus)
  • Bertel Strömmer, Architect
  • Goony Strömmer, Architect, musician (Jazz piano)
  • Jussi Tasala, sportsperson (high jump)


  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, 2021M01*-2021M03*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  3. ^ "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.
  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. ^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2021" (PDF). Tax Administration of Finland. 1 December 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2021.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Ikaalinen at Wikimedia Commons