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Puolanka (Swedish: Puolanka, also Puolango) is a municipality in Finland located in the Kainuu region. The municipality has a population of 2,591 (31 January 2019)[2] and covers an area of 2,598.68 square kilometres (1,003.36 sq mi) of which 137.3 km2 (53.0 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 1.05 inhabitants per square kilometre (2.7/sq mi).

Puolanka
Municipality
Puolangan kunta
Puolanka kommun
Puolanka Church
Puolanka Church
Coat of arms of Puolanka
Coat of arms
Location of Puolanka in Finland
Location of Puolanka in Finland
Coordinates: 64°52′05″N 027°40′15″E / 64.86806°N 27.67083°E / 64.86806; 27.67083Coordinates: 64°52′05″N 027°40′15″E / 64.86806°N 27.67083°E / 64.86806; 27.67083
Country Finland
RegionKainuu
Sub-regionKehys-Kainuu sub-region
Government
 • MayorHarri Peltola
Area
 (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total2,598.68 km2 (1,003.36 sq mi)
 • Land2,461.45 km2 (950.37 sq mi)
 • Water137.3 km2 (53.0 sq mi)
Area rank24th largest in Finland
Population
 (2019-01-31)[2]
 • Total2,591
 • Rank237th largest in Finland
 • Density1.05/km2 (2.7/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish99.2% (official)
 • Others0.8%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1412.7%
 • 15 to 6462.1%
 • 65 or older25.2%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]20%
Websitewww.puolanka.fi

The highest waterfall in Finland, Hepoköngäs is located 16 kilometres (10 mi) from the center of Puolanka.

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

HistoryEdit

The first permanent settlers in Puolanka came in the 1550s.[6]

The municipality of Puolanka was established in the year of 1867. In that same year the Puolanka parish became independent from the Hyrynsalmi church to which it had previously belonged to administratively. The municipal council of Puolanka was formed in the year of 1916.[6]

At its peak Puolanka had a population of about 7,520 in 1960. Towards the end of the 1960s, however, Puolanka's population began to decline, alike other municipalities within Kainuu.[6]

VillagesEdit

Villages within Puolanka are as follows: Aittokylä, Auho, Joukokylä, Kivarinjärvi, Kotila, Kongasmäki, Leipivaara, Lylykylä, Naulaperä, Puokio, Puolanka, Rasinkylä, Suolijärvi, Vihajärvi, Väyrylä, Yli-Oterma, Törmänmäki.

Notable individualsEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Suomen virallinen tilasto (SVT): Väestön ennakkotilasto [verkkojulkaisu]. Tammikuu 2019" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  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 and gender by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  5. ^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  6. ^ a b c "Historia". www.puolanka.fi. Retrieved 2016-07-14.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Puolanka at Wikimedia Commons