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Närpes  (Swedish)
Närpiö  (Finnish)
Närpes stad
Närpiön kaupunki
Närpes Church
Närpes Church
Coat of arms of Närpes
Location of Närpes in Finland
Location of Närpes in Finland
Coordinates: 62°28′N 021°20′E / 62.467°N 21.333°E / 62.467; 21.333Coordinates: 62°28′N 021°20′E / 62.467°N 21.333°E / 62.467; 21.333
Country Finland
Sub-regionSydösterbotten sub-region
City rights1993
 • City managerHans-Erik Lindqvist
 • Total2,334.14 km2 (901.22 sq mi)
 • Land977.15 km2 (377.28 sq mi)
 • Water1,357 km2 (524 sq mi)
Area rank80th largest in Finland
 • Total9,583
 • Rank102nd largest in Finland
 • Density9.81/km2 (25.4/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Swedish88.4% (official)
 • Finnish5.8%
 • Others5.8%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1415.8%
 • 15 to 6455.5%
 • 65 or older28.7%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]21%
Languages spoken natively in Närpes, 2013.
Blue: Swedish;
Brown: Finnish
Yellow: All other languages

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)[2] and covers an area of 2,334.14 square kilometres (901.22 sq mi) of which 1,357 km2 (524 sq mi) is water.[1] 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.[6] Most locals speak a divergent variety of Ostrobothnian Swedish. The many bands who sing in that dialect include 1G3B and Nektor.

The most significant main roads in Närpes are Highway 8 between Turku and Vaasa, and Highway 67 between Kaskinen and Seinäjoki.


Närpes has attracted many immigrants, and has also welcomed refugees.[7]

Largest immigrant groups:[8]

  1. Vietnam Vietnam (403)
  2. Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina (388)
  3. Sweden Sweden (254)
  4. Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia (254)
  5. Thailand Thailand (58)
  6. Russia Russia (54)
  7. Ukraine Ukraine (51)
  8. Estonia Estonia (42)
  9. Croatia Croatia (32)
  10. Lithuania Lithuania (30)
  11. United States United States (28)
  12. Ecuador Ecuador (25)

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Närpes is twinned with:

See also[edit]


  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*-2021M03*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  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.
  6. ^ Kunnan kaksikielisyys vaatii aikaa, työtä ja kompromisseja Yle.fi 25 April 2016, accessed 25 April 2016
  7. ^ "Närpiö Becomes Magnet for Immigrants".
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-02-12. Retrieved 2018-08-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External links[edit]

Media related to Närpes at Wikimedia Commons