Location of Närpes in Finland
|• City manager||Hans-Erik Lindqvist|
|• Total||2,334.14 km2 (901.22 sq mi)|
|• Land||977.15 km2 (377.28 sq mi)|
|• Water||1,357 km2 (524 sq mi)|
|Area rank||80th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||102nd largest in Finland|
|• Density||9.81/km2 (25.4/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Swedish||88.4% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||15.8%|
|• 15 to 64||55.5%|
|• 65 or older||28.7%|
|Time zone||UTC+02:00 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+03:00 (EEST)|
|Municipal tax rate||21%|
Närpes (Finland Swedish: [ˈnærpːes]; Finnish: Närpiö [ˈnærpiø]) is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located in the former province of Western Finland (all provinces were abolished in 2010) and is part of the Ostrobothnia region. The town has a population of 9,583 (31 March 2021) and covers an area of 2,334.14 square kilometres (901.22 sq mi) of which 1,357 km2 (524 sq mi) is water. The population density is 9.81 inhabitants per square kilometre (25.4/sq mi). Economically, the municipality is known for extensive greenhouse farming of tomatoes and manufacture of trailers for trucks.
Närpes has been a bilingual municipality since 2016. Before that, Närpes was the last unilingually Swedish-speaking municipality in continental Finland. Most locals speak a divergent variety of Ostrobothnian Swedish. The many bands who sing in that dialect include 1G3B and Nektor.
Närpes has attracted many immigrants, and has also welcomed refugees.
Largest immigrant groups:
- Vietnam (403)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina (388)
- Sweden (254)
- Yugoslavia (254)
- Thailand (58)
- Russia (54)
- Ukraine (51)
- Estonia (42)
- Croatia (32)
- Lithuania (30)
- United States (28)
- Ecuador (25)
Twin towns — Sister cities
Närpes is twinned with:
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