Lauritsala is a former Finnish market town. It was closed down on 1 January 1967 and was incorporated into Lappeenranta. The present district of Lauritsala comprises only the center of the former town.[1]

Lauritsala People's House
Lauritsala People's House
Coat of arms of Lauritsala
Location of Lauritsala in Finland
Location of Lauritsala in Finland
Coordinates: 61°04′15″N 028°15′35″E / 61.07083°N 28.25972°E / 61.07083; 28.25972Coordinates: 61°04′15″N 028°15′35″E / 61.07083°N 28.25972°E / 61.07083; 28.25972
RegionEtelä-Karjala.vaakuna.svg South Karelia
 • Total24.7 km2 (9.5 sq mi)
 • Total12,965
 • Density494.57/km2 (1,280.9/sq mi)
Municipality code411


Saimaa canal in Lauritsala (2012)

The former Lauritsala market area had 12,965 inhabitants in 1966.[2]: 26–27  It is home to UPM-Kymmene's Kaukas mills and part of the Saimaa Canal.

The center of Lappeenranta is about four kilometres away. There are old detached houses and blocks of flats in the area, with new settlements. In 1960, Lauritsala's population density included Mustola (341 inhabitants, partly on the Lappee side) and Mälki (322 inhabitants).[3]: 48 

The Lappeenranta and Lauritsala population centres had grown together and are now called Lappeenranta centre, with 32,174 inhabitants in 1960.[3]: 47  In addition, part of the Laihia settlement in Lappee municipality extended to Lauritsala.

Notable peopleEdit

Places and eventsEdit

  • Lauritsala Church
  • Lauritsala's library was described by L. R. McColvin (City Librarian at Westminster, London) as: "the most attractive, most beautiful small library I have ever seen in the world."[4]: 11 


  1. ^ "Lappeenrannan Map Service". Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Väestönmuutokset 1966" [Demographic changes 1966] (PDF). National Library Publication Archive Doria. sivu 19 (in Finnish, Swedish, and English). Statistical Office. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b Yleinen väestölaskenta 1960: Taajamat ja niiden rajat, ym [General Population Census 1960: Urban areas and their boundaries, etc.] (PDF). Suomen virallinen tilasto VI C:103 (in Finnish, Swedish, and English). Helsinki: Statistical Office. 1965. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  4. ^ UNESCO (1959). Bulletin for Libraries (Report). 13. Paris: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. p. 11. Retrieved 17 January 2020.

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