Lempäälä

Lempäälä (Swedish: Lempäälä, also Lembois, Lempälä) is a municipality in the Pirkanmaa region of Finland with 23,711 inhabitants (31 July 2020).[2] Lempäälä is located south of the city of Tampere. The municipality covers an area of 307.06 square kilometres (118.56 sq mi) of which 37.51 km2 (14.48 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 87.96 inhabitants per square kilometre (227.8/sq mi).

Lempäälä
Municipality
Lempäälän kunta
Lempäälä kommun
Canal of Lempäälä
Canal of Lempäälä
Coat of arms of Lempäälä
Coat of arms
Location of Lempäälä in Finland
Location of Lempäälä in Finland
Coordinates: 61°19′N 023°45′E / 61.317°N 23.750°E / 61.317; 23.750Coordinates: 61°19′N 023°45′E / 61.317°N 23.750°E / 61.317; 23.750
Country Finland
RegionPirkanmaa
Sub-regionTampere sub-region
Charter1866
Government
 • Municipality managerHeidi Rämö
Area
 (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total307.06 km2 (118.56 sq mi)
 • Land269.56 km2 (104.08 sq mi)
 • Water37.51 km2 (14.48 sq mi)
Area rank241st largest in Finland
Population
 (2020-07-31)[2]
 • Total23,711
 • Rank44th largest in Finland
 • Density87.96/km2 (227.8/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish98.1% (official)
 • Swedish0.4%
 • Others1.5%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1422.7%
 • 15 to 6465.1%
 • 65 or older12.2%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]20%
Websitewww.lempaala.fi

The municipality center of Lempäälä is situated on an isthmus between the lakes Vanajavesi and Pyhäjärvi which are connected by the Kuokkalankoski rapids and the canal of Lempäälä that was built during the 1870s and is still in use.

The first written account of the parish of Lempäälä is from 1430. The oldest building of the town is a medieval church named after Saint Birgitta and was built in 1504.[6] The only remaining article from medieval times in the church is a wooden crucifix carved out of birch.

Finnish novelist Yrjö Kokko lived in Lempäälä, and is buried in the graveyard.

Ideapark, the second largest shopping mall in Nordic countries, is located in Lempäälä along the HelsinkiTampere motorway.

KuokkalaEdit

Kuokkala is a neighbourhood to the north of Lempäälä town which houses a ’museoraitti’ (museum trail). Several buildings now house collections of historical items, including a shop museum (also a shop and information office), hairdressers & barbers, cobblers, WW2 memorabilia, household equipment, blacksmiths, carpenters, a 19th-century Finish dwelling, and a special exhibit relating to the ex-Finnish region of Sakkola.[7]

International relationsEdit

Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit

Lempäälä is twinned with:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Suomen virallinen tilasto (SVT): Väestön ennakkotilasto [verkkojulkaisu]. Heinäkuu 2020" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  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. ^ Pyhä Birgitta määräsi kirkon paikan – Lempäälän kunta Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Leaflet about Kuokkalan museoraitti published by museum.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Lempäälä at Wikimedia Commons