Ylämaa (Finnish: [ˈylæˌmɑː]; literally translated the "Highland") is a former municipality of Finland, located in the province of Southern Finland as part of the South Karelia region. It was consolidated with Lappeenranta on January 1, 2010.[3]

Former municipality
Ylämaan kunta
Ylämaa kommun
Ylämaa Town Hall
Ylämaa Town Hall
Coat of arms of Ylämaa
Location of Ylämaa in Finland
Location of Ylämaa in Finland
Coordinates: 60°48′N 028°00.5′E / 60.800°N 28.0083°E / 60.800; 28.0083
RegionSouth Karelia
Sub-regionLappeenranta sub-region
 • Municipal managerEsko Hämäläinen
 • Total408.94 km2 (157.89 sq mi)
 • Land379.75 km2 (146.62 sq mi)
 • Water29.19 km2 (11.27 sq mi)
 • Total1,408
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

The municipality had a population of 1,408 (31 December 2009)[2] and covers an area of 408.94 square kilometres (157.89 sq mi) of which 29.19 km2 (11.27 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 3.71 inhabitants per square kilometre (9.6/sq mi). The municipality was unilingually Finnish.

There is a strong concentration of the spectrolite in the region of Ylämaa, which is well-known for gemstones and minerals.[3] Plans to build a pyramid in Ylämaa have existed since 1998,[4][5] but as of 2010 the project has been on hold due to the high cost.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2009" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-02-25. Retrieved 20 February 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Population by municipality as of 31 December 2009". Population Information System (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Archived from the original on 2010-12-02. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b Jalokivistään tunnettu rajakunta joutui luopumaan itsenäisyydestään 11 vuotta sitten – nyt lähes kaikki palvelut ovat kadonneetYle (in Finnish)
  4. ^ "Ylämaalle rakennetaan maailman pohjoisin pyramidi" [The world's northernmost pyramid to be built in Ylämaa] (in Finnish). Taloussanomat. 20 October 1998. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  5. ^ Laitila Arkkitehdit
  6. ^ "Ylämaan pyramidi maksaa miljoonia" [Ylämaa pyramid costs millions] (in Finnish). Yle. 11 March 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2014.

External linksEdit

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