Puumala is a municipality of Finland.

Puumalan kunta
Puumala kommun
Kukonharju Channel
Kukonharju Channel
Coat of arms of Puumala
Coat of arms
Location of Puumala in Finland
Location of Puumala in Finland
Coordinates: 61°31.5′N 028°11′E / 61.5250°N 28.183°E / 61.5250; 28.183Coordinates: 61°31.5′N 028°11′E / 61.5250°N 28.183°E / 61.5250; 28.183
Country Finland
RegionSouthern Savonia
Sub-regionMikkeli sub-region
 • Municipal managerMatias Hildén
 • Total1,237.75 km2 (477.90 sq mi)
 • Land794.53 km2 (306.77 sq mi)
 • Water443.17 km2 (171.11 sq mi)
Area rank102nd largest in Finland
 • Total2,125
 • Rank255th largest in Finland
 • Density2.67/km2 (6.9/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish98.9% (official)
 • Swedish0.1%
 • Others1%
Population by age
 • 0 to 149.8%
 • 15 to 6461.6%
 • 65 or older28.6%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]21%

It is located in the Southern Savonia region. The municipality has a population of 2,125 (31 July 2020)[6] and covers an area of 1,237.75 square kilometres (477.90 sq mi) of which 443.17 km2 (171.11 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 2.67 inhabitants per square kilometre (6.9/sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

The main road route through the region is route 62, which connects to Mikkeli to the north and Imatra to the south.

Until the year 1995 a cable ferry connected the two sides of Puumalansalmi-strait. In 1995, a 781-metre-long (2,562 ft) bridge replaced the ferry. The bridge is a very dominant structure when looking Puumala town center from a distance.

Puumala has relatively good services compared to the amount of population. In the town center is situated a post office, an Alko store, a kiosk, several supermarkets and a few restaurants. The reason for the survival of these entrepreneurs is the arrival of summer inhabitants who triple the population of Puumala during the season

In June 1788, Swedish soldiers wearing uniforms of the Imperial Russian Army, staged an attack against the town. This would allow King Gustav III to declare a defensive war against the Russian Empire, as Swedish law prohibited starting offensive wars without approval by the Riksdag.

The Puumala virus is named after this place as it was first isolated from samples from the Puumala area.



  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Suomen virallinen tilasto (SVT): Väestön ennakkotilasto [verkkojulkaisu]. Heinäkuu 2020" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  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. ^ "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 31.1.2012" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Archived from the original on 3 October 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2014.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Puumala at Wikimedia Commons