Pedersöre (Finnish: Pedersören kunta, before 1989 Pietarsaaren maalaiskunta) is a municipality in Finland, located on the west coast of the country. Pedersöre is situated in Ostrobothnia, along the Gulf of Bothnia. The population of Pedersöre is approximately 11,000, while the sub-region has a population of approximately 50,000. It is the 88th most populous municipality in Finland.

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; 22.7917
Country Finland
Sub-regionJakobstad sub-region
 • Municipal managerMikael Sandås
 • Total826.05 km2 (318.94 sq mi)
 • Land794.26 km2 (306.67 sq mi)
 • Water31.77 km2 (12.27 sq mi)
 • Rank103rd largest in Finland
 • Total11,216
 • Rank88th largest in Finland
 • Density14.12/km2 (36.6/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Swedish88.6% (official)
 • Finnish8.3%
 • Others3.2%
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)

Pedersöre 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 14.12 inhabitants per square kilometre (36.6/sq mi).

Pedersöre consists of many smaller villages, the most important being Bennäs, Kållby, Edsevö, Esse, Ytteresse and Purmo. The county town is Bennäs. Neighbouring municipalities are Evijärvi, Kauhava, Kronoby, Larsmo, Jakobstad and Nykarleby.

Pedersöre is a bilingual municipality with Finnish and Swedish as its official languages. The population consists of 8% Finnish speakers, 89% Swedish speakers, and 3% speakers of other languages.

History edit

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]

Economy edit

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

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Immigration record high in Finland in 2023". StatFin. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 25 January 2024.
  3. ^ "Demographic Structure by area as of 31 December 2022". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  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. ^ a b "Luettelo kuntien ja seurakuntien tuloveroprosenteista vuonna 2023". Tax Administration of Finland. 14 November 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2023.
  6. ^ a b [1]. (16 January 2015). Retrieved on 21 July 2016.

External links edit

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