Somero (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈsomero]) is a town and municipality of Finland. It is part of the Southwest Finland region in the province of Western Finland, located 36 kilometres (22 mi) northeast of Salo, 86 kilometres (53 mi) east of Turku and 105 kilometres (65 mi) northwest of Helsinki. The municipality has a population of 8,564 (31 December 2021)[2] and covers an area of 697.67 square kilometres (269.37 sq mi) of which 29.9 km2 (11.5 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 12.82 inhabitants per square kilometre (33.2/sq mi). Somero is unilingually Finnish.

Somero
Town
Someron kaupunki
Somero stad
Somero town hall
Somero town hall
Coat of arms of Somero
Location of Somero in Finland
Location of Somero in Finland
Coordinates: 60°38′N 023°31′E / 60.633°N 23.517°E / 60.633; 23.517Coordinates: 60°38′N 023°31′E / 60.633°N 23.517°E / 60.633; 23.517
Country Finland
RegionSouthwest Finland
Sub-regionSalo sub-region
Charter1867
Town privileges1993
Government
 • Town managerSami Suikkanen
Area
 (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total697.67 km2 (269.37 sq mi)
 • Land667.78 km2 (257.83 sq mi)
 • Water29.9 km2 (11.5 sq mi)
 • Rank127th largest in Finland
Population
 (2021-12-31)[2]
 • Total8,564
 • Rank115th largest in Finland
 • Density12.82/km2 (33.2/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish98.1% (official)
 • Swedish0.5%
 • Others1.4%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1413.2%
 • 15 to 6454.1%
 • 65 or older32.7%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]20.5%
ClimateDfc
Websitewww.somero.fi

Somero's neighbouring municipalities are Jokioinen, Koski Tl, Lohja, Loimaa, Salo, Tammela and Ypäjä.

HistoryEdit

Somero has been known as a trading place since the 14th century. The municipality was officially founded in 1867. The municipality of Somerniemi merged with Somero proper in 1977. Somero was moved from the province of Häme to the province of Turku and Pori in 1990. Currently it belongs to the province of Western Finland. Somero became a town (kaupunki) on January 1, 1993.

SceneryEdit

 
Hantala ravine with the Rekijoki River in Somero

Häntälä Hollows are the traditional biotope area in the villages of Häntälä, Talvisilla, Syväoja and Kerkola. The nature trail that begins at the Häntälä Village House is located in the area, where it is possible to explore its traditional landscapes. Häntälä Hollows is part of the wider Natura 2000 area of the Rekijokilaakso, which also extends to the city of Salo.[6] The most significant main roads in Somero are the national road 52 through the town center and the regional road 280 in south of the town center, which is the most direct road connection to Helsinki.

Famous nativesEdit

International relationsEdit

Twin townsEdit

Somero has six twin cities

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ Torkkomäki, Matti (1998). Häntälän notkot. Somero: Lounais-Someron kyläyhdistys. ISBN 952-90-9918-5.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Somero at Wikimedia Commons