Rääkkylä (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈræːˌkːylæ]; Swedish also Bräkylä) is a municipality of Finland. It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. The municipality has a population of 2,031 (31 December 2021),[2] which make it the smallest municipality in North Karelia in terms of population. It covers an area of 699.68 square kilometres (270.15 sq mi) of which 272.01 km2 (105.02 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 4.75 inhabitants per square kilometre (12.3/sq mi). The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Rääkkylän kunta
Rääkkylä kommun
Rääkkylä Church
Coat of arms of Rääkkylä
Location of Rääkkylä in Finland
Location of Rääkkylä in Finland
Coordinates: 62°18.8′N 029°37.5′E / 62.3133°N 29.6250°E / 62.3133; 29.6250Coordinates: 62°18.8′N 029°37.5′E / 62.3133°N 29.6250°E / 62.3133; 29.6250
Country Finland
RegionNorth Karelia
Sub-regionCentral Karelia sub-region
 • Municipal managerTuula Luukkonen
 • Total699.68 km2 (270.15 sq mi)
 • Land427.68 km2 (165.13 sq mi)
 • Water272.01 km2 (105.02 sq mi)
 • Rank197th largest in Finland
 • Total2,031
 • Rank258th largest in Finland
 • Density4.75/km2 (12.3/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish97.6% (official)
 • Swedish0.2%
 • Others2.2%
Population by age
 • 0 to 148.2%
 • 15 to 6450.5%
 • 65 or older41.2%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]21.5%

The municipality has previously also been known as "Bräkylä" in Swedish documents, but is today referred to as "Rääkkylä" also in Swedish.[6]

Rääkkylä as an independent municipality was established in 1874 from parts of Kitee and Liperi. Neighbouring municipalities are Joensuu, Kitee, Liperi, Savonlinna and Tohmajärvi.

Leading Finnish kantele manufacturer Koistinen Kantele has been functioning in Rääkkylä since 1995.



  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. ^ "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. ^ "Kuntien nimet ja niiden taivutus" (in Finnish). Research Institute for the Languages of Finland. 14 January 2009. Archived from the original on 23 December 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2009.

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