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Karkkilan kaupunkiHögfors stad
Helvar Oy main office in Karkkila
Helvar Oy main office in Karkkila
Coat of arms of Karkkila
Coat of arms
Location of Karkkila in Finland
Location of Karkkila in Finland
Country Finland
Region Uusimaa
Sub-region Helsinki sub-region
Charter 1932
Town 1977
 • City manager Minna Karhunen
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 255.31 km2 (98.58 sq mi)
 • Land 242.36 km2 (93.58 sq mi)
 • Water 12.95 km2 (5.00 sq mi)
Area rank 287th largest in Finland
Population (2015-06-30)[2]
 • Total 9,007
 • Rank 116th largest in Finland
 • Density 37.16/km2 (96.2/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 96.1% (official)
 • Swedish 0.7%
 • Others 3.2%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 16.8%
 • 15 to 64 65.3%
 • 65 or older 17.9%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20.25%
Urbanisation 88.4%
Unemployment rate 7.8%
Climate Dfb

Karkkila (Finnish pronunciation: ; Swedish: Högfors) is a town and a municipality of Finland.


  • Geography 1
  • Politics 2
  • Personalities 3
  • International relations 4
    • Twin towns - Sister cities 4.1
  • References 5
  • External links 6


It is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the Uusimaa region. The municipality has a population of 9,007 (30 June 2015)[2] and the municipality covers an area of 255.31 square kilometres (98.58 sq mi) of which 12.95 square kilometres (5.00 sq mi) is inland water (2011-01-01).[1] The population density is 37 inhabitants per square kilometre (96/sq mi) (30 June 2015).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.


Results of the Finnish parliamentary election, 2011 in Karkkila:


International relations

Twin towns - Sister cities

Karkkila is a member of the Douzelage, a unique town twinning association of 24 towns across the European Union. This active town twinning began in 1991 and there are regular events, such as a produce market from each of the other countries and festivals.[6][7] Discussions regarding membership are also in hand with three further towns (Agros in Cyprus, Škofja Loka in Slovenia, and Tryavna in Bulgaria).

Altea, Spain - 1991
Bad Kötzting, Germany - 1991
Bellagio, Italy - 1991
Bundoran, Ireland - 1991
Granville, France - 1991
Holstebro, Denmark - 1991
Houffalize, Belgium - 1991
Meerssen, the Netherlands - 1991
Niederanven, Luxembourg - 1991
Preveza, Greece - 1991
Sesimbra, Portugal - 1991
Sherborne, United Kingdom - 1991
Karkkila, Finland - 1997
Oxelösund, Sweden - 1998
Judenburg, Austria - 1999
Chojna, Poland - 2004
Kőszeg, Hungary - 2004
Sigulda, Latvia - 2004
Sušice, Czech Republic - 2004
Türi, Estonia - 2004
Zvolen, Slovakia - 2007
Prienai, Lithuania - 2008
Marsaskala, Malta - 2009
Siret, Romania - 2010


  1. ^ a b "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 30.06.2015" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  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. 
  6. ^ " Home". Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  7. ^ " Member Towns". Retrieved 2009-10-21. 

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