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Virrat (Finnish: [ˈʋirːɑt]; 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 6,462 (31 December 2021)[2] 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.[1] The population density is 5.56 inhabitants per square kilometre (14.4/sq mi). The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Virtain kaupunki
Virdois stad
An intersection of Virtaintie and Leivontie streets in Virrat
An intersection of Virtaintie and Leivontie streets in Virrat
Coat of arms of Virrat
Location of Virrat in Finland
Location of Virrat in Finland
Coordinates: 62°15′N 023°46′E / 62.250°N 23.767°E / 62.250; 23.767Coordinates: 62°15′N 023°46′E / 62.250°N 23.767°E / 62.250; 23.767
Country Finland
Sub-regionUpper Pirkanmaa sub-region
 • Town managerHenna Viitanen
 • Total1,299.07 km2 (501.57 sq mi)
 • Land1,162.34 km2 (448.78 sq mi)
 • Water136.73 km2 (52.79 sq mi)
 • Rank63rd largest in Finland
 • Total6,462
 • Rank145th largest in Finland
 • Density5.56/km2 (14.4/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish98.5% (official)
 • Swedish0.1%
 • Others1.4%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1411.7%
 • 15 to 6450.7%
 • 65 or older37.6%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]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.

Major lakes in the area are Lake Toisvesi, beside which the town of Virrat is located, and Lake Tarjanne at the border of the municipalities of Virrat, Mänttä-Vilppula, and Ruovesi.

Virrat crater on Mars is named after it.

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  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.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Virrat at Wikimedia Commons