Närpes – Närpiö
Location of Närpes in Finland
|• City manager||Hans-Erik Lindqvist|
|• Total||2,334.14 km2 (901.22 sq mi)|
|• Land||977.15 km2 (377.28 sq mi)|
|• Water||1,357 km2 (524 sq mi)|
|Area rank||80th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||110th largest in Finland|
|• Density||9.71/km2 (25.1/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Swedish||88.4% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||14%|
|• 15 to 64||61%|
|• 65 or older||25%|
|Time zone||UTC+02:00 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+03:00 (EEST)|
|Municipal tax rate||20%|
The municipality is located in the former province of Western Finland (all provinces were abolished in 2010) and is part of the Ostrobothnia region. The town has a population of 9,489 (31 January 2019) and covers an area of 2,334.14 square kilometres (901.22 sq mi) of which 1,357 km2 (524 sq mi) is water. The population density is 9.71 inhabitants per square kilometre (25.1/sq mi).
Närpes has been a bilingual municipality since 2016. Before that Närpes was the last unilingually Swedish-speaking municipality in continental Finland. Most locals speak a divergent variety of Ostrobothnian Swedish. The many bands who sing in that dialect include 1G3B and Nektor.
Närpes has attracted lots of immigrants, and has also welcomed refugees.
Largest immigrant groups:
Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit
Närpes is twinned with:
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- "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
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