Keuruu (Finnish: [ˈkeu̯ruː]; Swedish: Keuru) is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Central Finland region. The municipality has a population of 9,491 (31 March 2021)[2] and covers an area of 1,430.57 square kilometres (552.35 sq mi) of which 172.4 km2 (66.6 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 7.54 inhabitants per square kilometre (19.5/sq mi). The town center and Haapamäki village are both the most populated places in Keuruu.

Keuruu
Keuru
Municipality
Keuruun kaupunki
Keuru stad
The old church of Keuruu
The old church of Keuruu
Coat of arms of Keuruu
Location of Keuruu in Finland
Location of Keuruu in Finland
Coordinates: 62°15.5′N 024°42.5′E / 62.2583°N 24.7083°E / 62.2583; 24.7083Coordinates: 62°15.5′N 024°42.5′E / 62.2583°N 24.7083°E / 62.2583; 24.7083
Country Finland
RegionCentral Finland
Sub-regionKeuruu sub-region
Charter1652
Government
 • Town managerHannu Mars
Area
 (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total1,430.57 km2 (552.35 sq mi)
 • Land1,258.17 km2 (485.78 sq mi)
 • Water172.4 km2 (66.6 sq mi)
Area rank56th largest in Finland
Population
 (2021-03-31)[2]
 • Total9,491
 • Rank105th largest in Finland
 • Density7.54/km2 (19.5/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish99% (official)
 • Swedish0.1%
 • Others0.9%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1413.2%
 • 15 to 6452.3%
 • 65 or older34.5%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]21.5%
Websitewww.keuruu.fi

Neighbouring municipalities are Jämsä, Multia, Mänttä-Vilppula, Petäjävesi, Virrat and Ähtäri. The municipality is unilingually Finnish. The municipality of Pihlajavesi was consolidated with Keuruu in 1969.[6]

NatureEdit

There are 316 lakes in Keuruu, the largest of which are Keurusselkä-Ukonselkä, Pihlajavesi and Liesjärvi.[7]

CultureEdit

Sights and eventsEdit

The old church in Keuruu is a wooden church[disambiguation needed] built in the 18th century. It now serves as a museum.[8] The summer Keuruu Market is a popular summer event. Over the years, performers have seen e.g. Matti Nykänen and Danny. Every summer, the Pentecostal Midsummer Conference in the Great Book brings together Christians from all over Finland and the world. The home port of the MS Elias Lönnrot paddle steamer is in Keuruu.[9][10] The science space is a permanent exhibition space established in Keuruu for the former Karimo school, where technology is presented mainly to young people.[11]

FoodEdit

In the 1980s, Keuruu's traditional parish dishes were the "gutter meat" fried in a wooden trough, a sweetened potato casserole, and bread called varituinen or varilimppu.[12]

PeopleEdit

 
Prime Minister Kalevi Sorsa

International relationsEdit

Twin towns – Sister citiesEdit

Keuruu is twinned with:

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Notes
  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. ^ "Pihlajavesi ennen ja nyt" (in Finnish). Keskisuomalainen. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Keuruu". Järviwiki. Finland's Environmental Administration. 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  8. ^ Keuruun vanha kirkko – Museovirasto (in Finnish)
  9. ^ YLE: Historiallinen siipirataslaiva uhkaa rapistua satamaan (in Finnish)
  10. ^ YLE: Siipiratasalus Elias Lönnrotille liikkuu Keurusselällä myös ensi kesänä (in Finnish)
  11. ^ http://www.tiedetila.fi/tiedetila/aloitus.htm (in Finnish)
  12. ^ Jaakko Kolmonen (1988). Kotomaamme ruoka-aitta: Suomen, Karjalan ja Petsamon pitäjäruoat (in Finnish). Helsinki: Patakolmonen. p. 89. ISBN 951-96047-3-1.
  13. ^ "Välissuhted" (in Estonian). Jõgeva linn. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  14. ^ "Szarvas Town". szarvas.hu. Retrieved 1 September 2010.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Keuruu at Wikimedia Commons

  • Town of Keuruu – Official website (in Finnish)
  • Keuruun Pallo – A football club, infamous for losing their every single game in the Finnish division 2 (in Finnish)