Virrat (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈʋirːɑt̪]; Swedish: Virdois) is a town and municipality of Finland. It is part of the Pirkanmaa region, and it is located 104 kilometres (65 mi) north of Tampere and 113 kilometres (70 mi) west of Jyväskylä. The distance between Virrat and Helsinki is 285 kilometres (177 mi). The town has a population of 6,490 (31 March 2021) and covers an area of 1,299.07 square kilometres (501.57 sq mi) of which 136.73 km2 (52.79 sq mi) is water. The population density is 5.58 inhabitants per square kilometre (14.5/sq mi). The municipality is unilingually Finnish.
An intersection of Virtaintie and Leivontie streets in Virrat
Location of Virrat in Finland
|Sub-region||Upper Pirkanmaa sub-region|
|• Town manager||Juha Viitasaari|
|• Total||1,299.07 km2 (501.57 sq mi)|
|• Land||1,162.34 km2 (448.78 sq mi)|
|• Water||136.73 km2 (52.79 sq mi)|
|Area rank||63rd largest in Finland|
|• Rank||145th largest in Finland|
|• Density||5.58/km2 (14.5/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||98.5% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||11.7%|
|• 15 to 64||50.7%|
|• 65 or older||37.6%|
|Time zone||UTC+02:00 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+03:00 (EEST)|
|Municipal tax rate||21.25%|
The town grew rapidly in the middle years of the twentieth century, and by 1950 the population reached more than 12,000. Virrat acquired town status in 1977, although it had received the right to hold markets three years earlier, in 1974. More recently the population level has been adversely impacted by the drift of employment opportunities and people to the larger towns. Apart from the town of Virrat itself, the administratively defined municipality is largely rural, and includes the villages of Äijänneva, Härkönen Jäähdyspohja, Killinkoski, Koro, Kotala, Kurjenkylä, Liedenpohja, Ohtola, Vaskuu and Vaskivesi.
- Seppo Hovinen (born 1951), a Finnish javelin thrower
- I. K. Inha (1865–1930), a Finnish photographer, author, translator and journalist
- Antti Lieroinen (?–1643), a famous Finnish cunning man and death-sentenced for witchcraft
- Vesa Rantanen (born 1975), a Finnish pole vaulter
- Tom Sukanen (1873–1943), a Finnish-born Canadian sailor and farmer
- "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Preliminary population structure by area, 2021M01*-2021M03*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
- "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.
- "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.
- "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2021" (PDF). Tax Administration of Finland. 1 December 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
Media related to Virrat at Wikimedia Commons
- Town of Virrat – Official site (in Finnish, English, and German)