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) 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. The population density is 1.05 inhabitants per square kilometre (2.7/sq mi).
Location of Puolanka in Finland
|• Mayor||Harri Peltola|
|• Total||2,598.68 km2 (1,003.36 sq mi)|
|• Land||2,461.45 km2 (950.37 sq mi)|
|• Water||137.3 km2 (53.0 sq mi)|
|Area rank||24th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||237th largest in Finland|
|• Density||1.05/km2 (2.7/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||99.2% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||12.7%|
|• 15 to 64||62.1%|
|• 65 or older||25.2%|
|Time zone||UTC+02:00 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+03:00 (EEST)|
|Municipal tax rate||20%|
The municipality is unilingually Finnish.
The first permanent settlers in Puolanka came in the 1550s.
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.
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.
Villages within Puolanka are as follows: Aittokylä, Auho, Joukokylä, Kivarinjärvi, Kotila, Kongasmäki, Leipivaara, Lylykylä, Naulaperä, Puokio, Puolanka, Rasinkylä, Suolijärvi, Vihajärvi, Väyrylä, Yli-Oterma, Törmänmäki.
- Juha Sipilä, The Prime Minister Of Finland
- Kalle Määttä, volleyball player
- Kaarina Mähönen, poet
- Kari Hiltunen, sports journalist
- Kimmo Saneri, writer
- Lasse Väisänen, footballer
- Louis Moilanen, giant
- Markku Kukkoaho, sprinter
- Santeri Haapanen, politician
- Tauno Tarkkinen, writer
- Tuulikki Pyykkönen, Olympic cross-country skier
- Unto Väisänen, baseball player
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- "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Historia". www.puolanka.fi. Retrieved 2016-07-14.