Pälkäne is a municipality of Finland. It is part of the Pirkanmaa region. The municipality has a population of 6,408 (31 March 2021)[2] and covers an area of 738.15 square kilometres (285.00 sq mi) of which 177.65 km2 (68.59 sq mi).[1] The population density is 11.43 inhabitants per square kilometre (29.6/sq mi). Onkkaala is the administrative center of the municipality. Tampere is located 38 kilometres (24 mi) northwest of the center of Pälkänen.

Pälkäneen kunta
Pälkäne kommun
Ruins of the medieval church in Pälkäne
Ruins of the medieval church in Pälkäne
Coat of arms of Pälkäne
Coat of arms
Location of Pälkäne in Finland
Location of Pälkäne in Finland
Coordinates: 61°20.3′N 024°16′E / 61.3383°N 24.267°E / 61.3383; 24.267Coordinates: 61°20.3′N 024°16′E / 61.3383°N 24.267°E / 61.3383; 24.267
Country Finland
Sub-regionTampere sub-region
 • Municipal managerEsko Arasalo
 • Total738.15 km2 (285.00 sq mi)
 • Land560.49 km2 (216.41 sq mi)
 • Water177.65 km2 (68.59 sq mi)
Area rank152nd largest in Finland
 • Total6,408
 • Rank148th largest in Finland
 • Density11.43/km2 (29.6/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish98.8% (official)
 • Swedish0.3%
 • Others0.9%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1414.5%
 • 15 to 6455.9%
 • 65 or older29.5%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]21.5%

The municipality is unilingually Finnish. Many people from Helsinki and the surrounding cities own summer cottages and residences in Pälkäne, making the small town very busy during summer vacation seasons. Pälkäne is a very popular summer vacation resort given its diverse services, high-quality swimming beach, beautiful nature and close location to big cities. From start of year 2007 Pälkäne and Luopioinen were merged to a new municipality of Pälkäne.

The lakes Pälkänevesi and Kukkia and parts of the lakes Mallasvesi and Roine are situated in Pälkäne. Of these Kukkia is situated in the area of the former municipality of Luopioinen.



  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Preliminary population structure by area, 2021M01*-2021M03*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  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 (1-year) and sex by area and the regional division of each statistical reference year, 2003-2020". StatFin. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  5. ^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2021" (PDF). Tax Administration of Finland. 1 December 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2021.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Pälkäne at Wikimedia Commons

Pälkäne's old coat of arms