Luumäki (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈluːˌmæki]) is a municipality of Finland. Its seat is in the Taavetti village. It is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the South Karelia region. The municipality has a population of 4,476 (31 December 2021)[2] and covers an area of 859.83 square kilometres (331.98 sq mi) of which 109.77 km2 (42.38 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 5.97 inhabitants per square kilometre (15.5/sq mi). The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Luumäki
Municipality
Luumäen kunta
Luumäki kommun
Luumäki Lutheran Church
Luumäki Lutheran Church
Coat of arms of Luumäki
Location of Luumäki in Finland
Location of Luumäki in Finland
Coordinates: 60°55′N 027°34′E / 60.917°N 27.567°E / 60.917; 27.567Coordinates: 60°55′N 027°34′E / 60.917°N 27.567°E / 60.917; 27.567
Country Finland
RegionSouth Karelia
Sub-regionLappeenranta sub-region
Charter1642
SeatTaavetti
Government
 • Municipal managerAnne Ukkonen
Area
 (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total859.83 km2 (331.98 sq mi)
 • Land750.06 km2 (289.60 sq mi)
 • Water109.77 km2 (42.38 sq mi)
 • Rank112th largest in Finland
Population
 (2021-12-31)[2]
 • Total4,476
 • Rank183rd largest in Finland
 • Density5.97/km2 (15.5/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish97.6% (official)
 • Swedish0.3%
 • Others2%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1412%
 • 15 to 6453.3%
 • 65 or older34.7%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]20.25%
ClimateDfc
Websitewww.luumaki.fi

Neighbour municipalities are Hamina, Kouvola, Lappeenranta, Lemi, Miehikkälä and Savitaipale. Lappeenranta is located 38 kilometres (24 mi) from Luumäki.

The president of Finland P. E. Svinhufvud died in Luumäki on February 29, 1944.

Kotkaniemi, a former home of President P. E. Svinhufvud and current museum, in Luumäki

The name Luumäki means literally "Bone Hill". In the Finnish version of the comic strip Bone, the place-name Boneville is translated as Luumäki.

HistoryEdit

Luumäki was separated from Lappee as its own parish in 1642.[6] The first church in the Luumäki parish was probably built as soon as the parish became independent. It was destroyed during the Great Wrath (Isoviha). The second church, completed in 1731, was damaged during the Lesser Wrath (Pikkuviha) and had become small and in poor condition by the turn of the 19th century. The church and the belfry built from 1781 burned down in 1839. The parish had acquired the drawings of the new church even before the fire of the second church, but its construction did not begin until after the fire of the second church due to a dispute over the location. The new church was consecrated in 1845.[7]

VillagesEdit

Anjala, Antikkala, Askola, Ellola (Ellonen), Haimila, Heikkilä, Heimala, Hietamies, Himottula (Taina), Hirvikallio, Huomola, Huopainen, Husula, Huuhonkylä, Hyyrylä, Iihola, Inkilä, Junttola, Jurvala, Juurikkala (Juurikas), Kannuskoski, Keskinen, Kiurula, Kiviniemi, Kokkola, Kolppola, Kontula, Koskela, Kähölä, Lakkala (Lakka), Laukkala (Laukas), Lensula, Luotola, Marttila (Taavetti), Mentula, Metsola, Multiala, Munne (Munteenkylä), Niemi, Nokkala, Nuppola, Nurmiainen, Okkola, Orkola, Parola, Pitkäpää, Pukkila (Pukki), Pätärilä, Rantala, Saareks, Saarits, Saksala, Salmi, Sarkalahti, Sarvilahti, Siiropää, Sirkjärvi, Suoanttila, Suonpohja, Sydänmaanlakka, Taina, Tapavainola, Taukaniemi, Toikkala, Vainonen, Venäläinen, Viuhkola

CultureEdit

The Luumäki Live Music Association (Luumäen elävän musiikin yhdistys or Luumu ry), founded in 1986, organizes light music concerts and rehearsal opportunities for musicians.[8] The annual jazz music event Vallijamit is held in Luumäki in July.[9] The first Vallijamit was held in 2002. The former State Agency Building was renovated into a new library during 2013.[10] In the summer of 2018, the Luumäki municipal library joined the Heili Libraries.[11][12]

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Preliminary population structure by area, 2021M01*-2021M12*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved February 2, 2022.
  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 March 29, 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 May 2, 2021.
  5. ^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2021" (PDF). Tax Administration of Finland. December 1, 2020. Retrieved April 10, 2021.
  6. ^ Suomen seurakunnat: Luumäki – Suomen sukututkimusseura (in Finnish)
  7. ^ Rakennetut kulttuuriympäristöt – Luumäen kirkkoFinnish Heritage Agency (in Finnish)
  8. ^ Luumäen elävän musiikin yhdistyksen säännöt - Luumu.org (in Finnish)
  9. ^ Tapahtumat - Luumäki.fi (in Finnish)
  10. ^ Kirjasto - Luumäki.fi (in Finnish)
  11. ^ Heili Libraries
  12. ^ Heiliin liittyminen sulkee kirjastot kesäkuun alussa - Luumäen Lehti (in Finnish)

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