Ekenäs, Finland

Ekenäs Town
Ekenäs stad
Tammisaaren kaupunki

An alley in Ekenäs

Coat of arms

Location of Ekenäs in Finland
Coordinates: 59°58.5′N 023°26′E / 59.9750°N 23.433°E / 59.9750; 23.433Coordinates: 59°58.5′N 023°26′E / 59.9750°N 23.433°E / 59.9750; 23.433
Country Finland
Region Uusimaa
Sub-region Ekenäs sub-region
Founded 1546
Consolidated 2009
  Total 1,873.38 km2 (723.32 sq mi)
  Land 726.73 km2 (280.59 sq mi)
  Water 1,146.65 km2 (442.72 sq mi)
Population (2008-12-31)[2]
  Total 14,754
  Density 20.3/km2 (53/sq mi)
Population by native language
  Finnish 17% (official)
  Swedish 81% (official)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Climate Dfb

Ekenäs (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈeːkəneːs]; Finnish: Tammisaari, [ˈtɑmːisɑːri]) is a town and former municipality in Finland that included the former municipalities Snappertuna and Tenala together with the town of Ekenäs. It was merged with Pohja and Karis to form the new municipality of Raseborg on January 1, 2009.

Ekenäs is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the Uusimaa region. The town had a population of 14,754 (as of 31 December 2008)[2] and covered a land area of 726.73 square kilometres (280.59 sq mi).[1] The population density was 20.30 inhabitants per square kilometre (52.6/sq mi).

The town is bilingual, with the majority being Swedish speakers (81%), and the minority Finnish speakers (17%).

It is noted for its archipelago, part of which is the Ekenäs Archipelago National Park. The present Neoclassical form of the Ekenäs church was designed by Italian-born architect Charles Bassi in 1839–1842 following a fire in 1821. There are two buildings in Ekenäs designed by world famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto; the Tammisaari Savings Bank (1964) and Villa Skeppet (1969), the home of Aalto's biographer, Göran Schildt.

Marianne Alopaeus an author, who wrote in Swedish, was born here in 1918.

Sub-region of Uusimaa

Ekenäs was also the name of a sub-region of Uusimaa, containing the following municipalities before 2009:


  1. 1 2 "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2008" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  2. 1 2 "Population by municipality as of 31 December 2008". Population Information System (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 23 November 2010.

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