Pedersöre (Finnish: Pedersören kunta, before 1989 Pietarsaaren maalaiskunta) is a municipality of Finland. Its seat is in Bennäs.

PedersörePedersören kunta
Pedersöre kommun
Pedersören kunta
Pedersöre municipal office
Pedersöre municipal office
Coat of arms of Pedersöre
Location of Pedersöre in Finland
Location of Pedersöre in Finland
Coordinates: 63°36′N 022°47.5′E / 63.600°N 22.7917°E / 63.600; 22.7917Coordinates: 63°36′N 022°47.5′E / 63.600°N 22.7917°E / 63.600; 22.7917
Country Finland
Sub-regionJakobstad sub-region
 • Municipal managerMikael Sandås
 • Total826.05 km2 (318.94 sq mi)
 • Land794.28 km2 (306.67 sq mi)
 • Water31.77 km2 (12.27 sq mi)
 • Rank103rd largest in Finland
 • Total11,171
 • Rank89th largest in Finland
 • Density14.06/km2 (36.4/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Swedish90.1% (official)
 • Finnish9%
 • Others0.9%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1423.6%
 • 15 to 6458.1%
 • 65 or older18.4%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]21%

It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Ostrobothnia region. The municipality has a population of 11,171 (31 December 2021)[2] and covers an area of 826.05 square kilometres (318.94 sq mi) of which 31.77 km2 (12.27 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 14.06 inhabitants per square kilometre (36.4/sq mi).

Neighbouring municipalities are Evijärvi, Kauhava, Kronoby, Larsmo, Jakobstad and Nykarleby.

The municipality is bilingual, with the majority speaking Swedish (90.1%) and the minority Finnish (9%).[3] The municipality is made up of many smaller villages, the most significant being Bennäs, Kållby, Edsevö, Esse, Ytteresse, and Purmo.


Pedersöre was first mentioned in 1348 in a trade statute issued by king Magnus Eriksson. The municipalities Esse and Purmo separated from Pedersöre in 1865, only to return in 1977.[6]


Agriculture and shipbuilding have been the traditional industries in Pedersöre.[6]


  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*-2021M12*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  3. ^ a b "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.
  6. ^ a b [1]. (16 January 2015). Retrieved on 21 July 2016.

External linksEdit

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