Town and municipality
Kurikan kaupunki


Coat of arms

Location of Kurikka in Finland
Coordinates: 62°37′N 022°24′E / 62.617°N 22.400°E / 62.617; 22.400Coordinates: 62°37′N 022°24′E / 62.617°N 22.400°E / 62.617; 22.400
Country Finland
Region Southern Ostrobothnia
Sub-region Seinäjoki sub-region
Founded 1868
Market town 1966
City rights 1977
  Town manager Paavo Tyrväinen
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
  Total 913.45 km2 (352.69 sq mi)
  Land 905.66 km2 (349.68 sq mi)
  Water 7.79 km2 (3.01 sq mi)
Area rank 121st largest in Finland
Population (2016-03-31)[2]
  Total 21,659
  Rank 78th largest in Finland
  Density 23.92/km2 (62.0/sq mi)

Kurikkalainen (Finnish),

From Kurikka (English), Kurikkalaanen (Local dialect)
Population by native language[3]
  Finnish 98.8% (official)
  Swedish 0.3%
  Others 0.9%
Population by age[4]
  0 to 14 15.8%
  15 to 64 64.1%
  65 or older 20.1%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 18%
Website www.kurikka.fi

Kurikka is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Southern Ostrobothnia region. The population of Kurikka is 21,659 (31 March 2016)[2] and the municipality covers an area of 905.66 km2 (349.68 sq mi) of which 7.79 km2 (3.01 sq mi) is inland water (1 January 2011).[1] The population density is 23.92/km2 (62.0/sq mi). The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Kurikka is recognized not only as a dynamic town of trade and business activities but also as an important hub of agriculture. Tens of small to medium-sized furniture manufacturers create design furniture to the Northern European market. Kurikka is at the same time comfortably small and big enough, with excellent services nearby, and a very nice nature surrounding the whole town.

Residents of Kurikka can live in a modern fashion in the town centre or in a peaceful countryside setting. The spirit of the town includes a lot of entrepreneurship and activity, features typical of South Ostrobothnia – and also more and more international elements. Kurikka has a very advanced public school system including elementary, high school and secondary grade education, and high-quality healthcare system provided by the municipality.

The town of Kurikka is financially very stable. Kurikka is one of the biggest shareholders in the Finnish energy giant Fortum as well as in Neste Oil, one of Northern Europe's biggest oil companies. The political scene of the town is dominated by the Finnish Centre because of the agricultural roots and past of the town.

The municipality of Jurva was consolidated to Kurikka on 1 January 2009 and municipality of Jalasjärvi on 1 January 2016.

Notable people

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Kurikka is twinned with:


  1. 1 2 "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  2. 1 2 "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, maaliskuu.2016" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  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 and gender by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  5. "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
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