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Lemi is a municipality of Finland.

Lemin kunta
Coat of arms of Lemi
Coat of arms
Location of Lemi in Finland
Location of Lemi in Finland
Coordinates: 61°03.7′N 027°48.3′E / 61.0617°N 27.8050°E / 61.0617; 27.8050Coordinates: 61°03.7′N 027°48.3′E / 61.0617°N 27.8050°E / 61.0617; 27.8050
Country  Finland
Region South Karelia
Sub-region Lappeenranta sub-region
Charter 1688
Municipality 1867
 • Municipal manager Simo Luukkanen
Area (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total 262.48 km2 (101.34 sq mi)
 • Land 217.77 km2 (84.08 sq mi)
 • Water 44.71 km2 (17.26 sq mi)
Area rank 255th largest in Finland
Population (2017-08-31)[2]
 • Total 3,072
 • Rank 229th largest in Finland
 • Density 14.11/km2 (36.5/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 97.9% (official)
 • Swedish 0.1%
 • Others 2%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 18.1%
 • 15 to 64 62%
 • 65 or older 19.9%
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.5%
Climate Dfc

It is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the South Karelia region. The municipality has a population of 3,072 (31 August 2017)[2] and covers an area of 262.48 square kilometres (101.34 sq mi) of which 44.71 km2 (17.26 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 14.11 inhabitants per square kilometre (36.5/sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish. The Finnish thrash metal band Stam1na is from Lemi.



Bell tower in Lemi's center

The municipal center of Lemi is Juvola. The other villages are Ahtiala, Hakulila, Heikkilä, Huttula, Hyvärilä, Iitiä, Juuresaho (ent. Remunen), Juvola, Kaamanniemi, Kuukanniemi, Kapiala, Keskisenpää, Korpela, Kurkela, Kärmeniemi, Laakkola, Lavola, Merenlahti, Metsola, Mikkola, Mikonharju, Nisola, Nuppola, Olkkonen, Parkkola, Pöllölä, Ruohiala, Ruomi, Sairala, Sorvarila, Suomalainen, Suoniala, Suontakainen, Sutela, Taipale, Tevaniemi, Torvenniemi, Tuomelanpelto, kuuluu myös Iitiään, Uiminniemi, Urola, Vainikkala, Välikangas and Värtölä.

The schools are in Juvola and Kuukanniemi. There are about 750 inhabitants in Kuukanniemi and the villages it affects.

Attractive natural and historical placesEdit

Lemi church
Name Place Description WGS 84
The evangelic-Lutheran church of Lemi
Juvolan mörssäripatteri – The mortar battery of Juvola Juvola The partly restored position of four positions of the 280 mm mortar of the year 1877. The four mortars are destroyed after the Continuation War.[6] The battery has been a part of the Salpa Line
Kärmeniemen patteri – The battery of Kärmeniemi Juvola The position of two Canet 152/45 C guns. The guns are displaced [7] The battery has been a part of the Salpa Line



Lemi has been founded in 1688 as an independent Evangelic-Lutheran parish. Due to the secularisation of the local governments according to the decree of 1865, the secular local government was separated from the clerical in 1867 as the municipality of Lemi.

War timeEdit

A Canet 152/45-C naval gun in Kuivasaari

Some fighting took place in the cemetery of Lemi during the civil war in 1918. After the winter war as the military hardware had to be displaced from the territories to be given to the Soviet Union on the bases of the Moscow Armistice, naval artillery was brought to Lemi to create part of the Salpa Line. From the Käkisalmi region the Vahtiniemi battery was transferred to Kärmeniemi consisting two Canet 152/45-C naval guns. Later, on 11 July 1941, they were taken to Antamoinen to be tested on 22 July. Four days later they were transported by train from Lappeenranta again near Käkisalmi to Vahtiniemi to become operational 9 September 1941. After the Continuation War the 32nd heavy battery brought only one of the two Canet 152/45-C's it had as the other was to repaired. By the end of November, 1944 the 32nd heavy battery was dissolved and the guns were sent to Parola.[8]

After the war there has not been naval guns in Lemi, but the remaining positions can be seen both in Kärmeniemi and Juvola.

Notable individualsEdit


  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, elokuu 2017" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  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 and gender by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  5. ^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-28. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2012-04-06.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Lemi at Wikimedia Commons