Laitila (Finnish: [ˈlɑi̯tilɑ]; Swedish: Letala[7]) is a town and a municipality of Finland. It is located in the Southwest Finland region, and it is 59 kilometres (37 mi) from Laitila to Turku. The municipality has a population of 8,461 (31 December 2021)[3] and covers an area of 545.32 square kilometres (210.55 sq mi) of which 13.65 km2 (5.27 sq mi) is water.[2] The population density is 15.91 inhabitants per square kilometre (41.2/sq mi). The municipality is monolingually Finnish.

Laitila
Letala
Town
Laitilan kaupunki
Letala stad
Laitila Church
Laitila Church
Coat of arms of Laitila
Nickname: 
Egg Capital of Finland[1]
Location of Laitila in Finland
Location of Laitila in Finland
Coordinates: 60°53′N 021°42′E / 60.883°N 21.700°E / 60.883; 21.700Coordinates: 60°53′N 021°42′E / 60.883°N 21.700°E / 60.883; 21.700
Country Finland
RegionSouthwest Finland
Sub-regionVakka-Suomi sub-region
Charter1868
City rights1986
Government
 • Town managerJohanna Luukkonen
Area
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total545.32 km2 (210.55 sq mi)
 • Land531.68 km2 (205.28 sq mi)
 • Water13.65 km2 (5.27 sq mi)
 • Rank164th largest in Finland
Population
 (2021-12-31)[3]
 • Total8,461
 • Rank116th largest in Finland
 • Density15.91/km2 (41.2/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish98.3% (official)
 • Swedish0.3%
 • Others1.4%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1416.2%
 • 15 to 6458.4%
 • 65 or older25.3%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[6]20.75%
ClimateDfb
Websitewww.laitila.fi

Laitila is renowned for its poultry farms and "egg festival" (Laitilan Munamarkkinat),[8] which is why the subject of the municipal coat of arms of Laitila also refers to the parish's fame for chicken care.[9] There is a lot of demand for Laitila-based chicken eggs, as the local egg producer company Munax, among other things, has even planned to egg exports all the way to South Korea.[10] Laitila has also been called the "egg capital of Finland".[1]

CultureEdit

Laitila has a very large number of Iron Age antiquities, the most famous of which are the so-called the warrior's grave of Kodjala.[11] Finland's oldest glass object, the Roman-era drinking horn, has been found in Laitila's Soukainen village.[12] The nationally significant built cultural environments defined by the Finnish Heritage Agency in 2009 in Laitila include the Untamala[13] and Suontaka villages[14] and the Koukkela's the peasant house of Kauppila.[15]

PeopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b TS: Laitila on Suomen munapääkaupunki (in Finnish)
  2. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Preliminary population structure by area, 2021M01*-2021M12*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2021" (PDF). Tax Administration of Finland. 1 December 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  7. ^ Namn på kommuner från finska till svenska; Kotimaisten kielten keskus (in Swedish)
  8. ^ Laitilan Munamarkkinat (in Finnish)
  9. ^ Suomen kunnallisvaakunat (in Finnish). Suomen Kunnallisliitto. 1982. p. 139. ISBN 951-773-085-3.
  10. ^ YLE: Laitilalainen munatuottaja Munax tähyää jo Etelä-Koreaan – vientiä suunniteltu jo vuosia (in Finnish)
  11. ^ Paula Purhonen, Paula: Vainionmäki - A Merovingian Period Cemetery in Laitila, Finland. Finnish Heritage Agency; Helsinki, 1996. (in Finnish)
  12. ^ "Rautakausi" (in Finnish). Kansallismuseo. Retrieved September 13, 2021.
  13. ^ Untamalan raittikyläFinnish Heritage Agency (in Finnish)
  14. ^ Suontaan ryhmäkyläFinnish Heritage Agency (in Finnish)
  15. ^ Koukkelan Kauppilan umpipihainen talonpoikaistaloFinnish Heritage Agency (in Finnish)

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