Esse, Finland

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Esse (Finnish: Ähtävä) is a former municipality of Finland, now a village of Pedersöre. It has a population of about 3,000 people, of whom approximately 94% are Swedish-speaking Finns and the rest are Finnish-speaking. The village is in the northeast part of Pedersöre municipality.

Esse was consolidated to Pedersöre in 1977.

The river of Esse flows through the village. This river is one of the last places where the freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera can be found.


The river of Esse

Esse is divided into 4 smaller villages:

  • Överesse, where the church is located
  • Ytteresse
  • Bäckby
  • Lappfors


Esse was an independent municipality until it merged with Purmo and Pedersöre in 1977, to form the new municipality with the name Pedersöre Kommun.

The former coat of arms

Coordinates: 63°35′N 023°03′E / 63.583°N 23.050°E / 63.583; 23.050