Posion kunta

Ice wall at Korouoma

Coat of arms

Location of Posio in Finland
Coordinates: 66°06.5′N 028°10′E / 66.1083°N 28.167°E / 66.1083; 28.167Coordinates: 66°06.5′N 028°10′E / 66.1083°N 28.167°E / 66.1083; 28.167
Country Finland
Region Lapland
Sub-region Eastern Lapland sub-region
Charter 1926
Seat Ahola
  Municipal manager Mika Riipi
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
  Total 3,544.95 km2 (1,368.71 sq mi)
  Land 3,038.81 km2 (1,173.29 sq mi)
  Water 506.14 km2 (195.42 sq mi)
Area rank 17th largest in Finland
Population (2016-03-31)[2]
  Total 3,470
  Rank 222nd largest in Finland
  Density 1.14/km2 (3.0/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
  Finnish 99.5% (official)
  Swedish 0.1%
  Others 0.4%
Population by age[4]
  0 to 14 12.5%
  15 to 64 63.2%
  65 or older 24.3%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20.5%
Website www.posio.fi

Posio is a municipality of Finland. It is located in the province of Lapland. The municipality has a population of 3,470 (31 March 2016)[2] and covers an area of 3,544.95 square kilometres (1,368.71 sq mi) of which 506.14 km2 (195.42 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 1.14 inhabitants per square kilometre (3.0/sq mi). Neighbour municipalities are Rovaniemi, Kemijärvi, Ranua, Salla, Kuusamo, Taivalkoski and Pudasjärvi.

The municipality has a single language, Finnish.

Major employers in Posio are municipality itself, major pottery manufacturer Pentik and agriculture (especially dairy farming).

The European route E63 runs through the northern-eastern parts of the municipality.

Korouoma canyon and natural reserve is located in Posio.

Sights and events

Posio's most renowned attractions are the Pentik-mäki Culture Centre, Riisitunturi National Park, Korouoma Nature Reserve, and the clear waters of lakes Kitkajärvi and Livojärvi. There are also many outdoor recreational things to do in Posio.

The world's northernmost ceramics factory is located in Posio. Pentik Oy interior design company was established in 1971 by Anu and Topi Pentikäinen.

Regular events in Posio are Posion messut, Teatterihelinät, and Traditional Fish Fair (Muikkumarkkinat) in July.


  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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