Nykarleby – Uusikaarlepyy
The St. Birgitta Church in Nykarleby.
Location of Nykarleby in Finland
|Coordinates: 63°31′N 022°32′E / 63.517°N 22.533°ECoordinates: 63°31′N 022°32′E / 63.517°N 22.533°E|
|• Town manager||Gösta Willman|
|• Total||1,675.21 km2 (646.80 sq mi)|
|• Land||732.37 km2 (282.77 sq mi)|
|• Water||942.84 km2 (364.03 sq mi)|
|Area rank||59th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||141st largest in Finland|
|• Density||10.32/km2 (26.7/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Swedish||89.3% (official)|
|• Finnish||8.1% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||17%|
|• 15 to 64||62.6%|
|• 65 or older||20.4%|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Municipal tax rate||19.75%|
Nykarleby (Finnish: Uusikaarlepyy) is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Ostrobothnia region. The municipality is bilingual, with the majority speaking Swedish (89% ) and the minority Finnish (8%).
The largest employers in the town are Prevex (member of KWH Group), a packaging and piping products manufacturer, Westwood, which manufactures wooden staircases, and in the village of Jeppo, KWH Mirka, a coated abrasives manufacturer. A Swedish-speaking art school (Svenska Konstskolan) is located in Nykarleby town.
Results of the Finnish parliamentary election, 2011 in Nykarleby:
- Swedish People's Party 63.8%
- Social Democratic Party 24.9%
- Christian Democrats 4.6%
- True Finns 2.0%
- Centre Party 1.6%
- Left Alliance 1.5%
- National Coalition Party 0.7%
- Green League 0.6%
The town is located at the mouth of the Lapua river. The name of the place was Lapuan Joensuu or "mouth of Lapua river". The municipality was founded in 1607 by merging parts of Pedersöre and Vörå into a new parish. In 1620, the small village of Lepua was chartered as a city, with the Swedish name Nykarleby, which means "New Karleby", and the Finnish name is a Finnicized version of the same. The town was chartered in the same year as the nearby city of Kokkola, or in Swedish, Gamlakarleby (later, Karleby).
Zacharias Topelius, an important author in Finland, was born in Nykarleby.
In 1995, the small, idyllic town was ranked as "the happiest city in Finland" in a controversial article in Helsingin Sanomat, the leading newspaper of Finland.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Nykarleby is twinned with:
- "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, maaliskuu.2016" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "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.
- "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.
- "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Nykarleby :: Historiikki
- Helsingin Sanomat Kuukausiliite, January 1995. . Externally referred to in: Asiakastieto. Luottolista 2000.
Media related to Nykarleby at Wikimedia Commons
- Town of Nykarleby – Official website
- A comprehensive collection of stories and pictures from Nykarleby's history (Swedish)