Kaarina (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈkɑːrinɑ]; Swedish: S:t Karins, i.e. "Saint Catherine's") is a small town and municipality of Finland.

S:t Karins
Kaarinan kaupunki
S:t Karins stad
Centre of Kaarina, Finland.jpg
Coat of arms of Kaarina
Location of Kaarina in Finland
Location of Kaarina in Finland
Coordinates: 60°24′N 022°22′E / 60.400°N 22.367°E / 60.400; 22.367Coordinates: 60°24′N 022°22′E / 60.400°N 22.367°E / 60.400; 22.367
Country Finland
RegionSouthwest Finland
Sub-regionTurku sub-region
 • Town managerHarri Virta
 • Total179.58 km2 (69.34 sq mi)
 • Land150.34 km2 (58.05 sq mi)
 • Water29.15 km2 (11.25 sq mi)
Area rank276th largest in Finland
 • Total34,878
 • Rank32nd largest in Finland
 • Density231.99/km2 (600.9/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish93.9% (official)
 • Swedish3.6%
 • Others2.4%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1418.5%
 • 15 to 6460.3%
 • 65 or older21.2%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]20.25%
Number of Swedish speakers in Kaarina, according to Statistics Finland[6]
A former coat of arms of the municipality

It is located in the Southwest Finland region and is a neighbouring town of Turku, which is the capital of Southwest Finland, therefore Kaarina is a part of the Greater Turku region. The municipality has a population of 34,878 (31 March 2021)[2] and covers an area of 179.58 square kilometres (69.34 sq mi) of which 29.15 km2 (11.25 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 231.99 inhabitants per square kilometre (600.9/sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish, with a Swedish minority and e.g. a Swedish comprehensive school. Bilinguality was proposed but rejected in 2015.

The famous fetish artist Tom of Finland was born in Kaarina. Kaarina has a well known football team Kaarinan Pojat.

The municipality of Kuusisto was consolidated with Kaarina in 1946. The municipality of Piikkiö was consolidated with Kaarina on January 1, 2009. At the same time, Kaarina adopted the coat of arms of Piikkiö.


Results of the 2011 Finnish parliamentary election in Kaarina:


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Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit

Kaarina is twinned with:[7]

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  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.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Kaarinalla on viisi ystävyyskaupunkia" (in Finnish). City of Kaarina. 7 April 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2019.

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