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Ilomantsi
Municipality
Ilomantsin kunta
Church of Saint Prophet Elijah
Church of Saint Prophet Elijah
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Location of Ilomantsi in Finland
Location of Ilomantsi in Finland

Coordinates: 62°40′N 030°56′E / 62.667°N 30.933°E / 62.667; 30.933Coordinates: 62°40′N 030°56′E / 62.667°N 30.933°E / 62.667; 30.933{{#coordinates:62|40|N|030|56|E|type:city(5521)_region:FI-13|| |primary |name=

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Country Finland
Region North Karelia
Sub-region Joensuu sub-region
Charter 1875
Government
 • Municipal manager Markku Lappalainen 
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
 • Total 3,172.69 km2 (1,224.98 sq mi)
 • Land 2,763.68 km2 (1,067.06 sq mi)
 • Water 409.01 km2 (157.92 sq mi)
Area rank 19th largest in Finland
Population (2014-11-30)[2]
 • Total 5,521
 • Rank 168th largest in Finland
 • Density 2/km2 (5/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
 • Finnish 98.2% (official)
 • Swedish 0.2%
 • Others 1.7%
Population by age[4]
 • 0 to 14 11.2%
 • 15 to 64 61.1%
 • 65 or older 27.6%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.75%
Website www.ilomantsi.fi

Ilomantsi (Swedish: Ilomants) is municipality and a village of Finland.

It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. The municipality has a population of 5,521 (30 November 2014)[2] and covers an area of Script error: No such module "convert". of which Script error: No such module "convert". is water.[1] The population density is Script error: No such module "convert".. The most eastern point of Finland and of the continental part of the European Union is located in Ilomantsi near the village of Hattuvaara. (In the EU, only Cyprus is located further to the east.)

The nearest town is Joensuu, Script error: No such module "convert". away; the distance to Helsinki is Script error: No such module "convert".. Neighbouring municipalities are Lieksa and Joensuu. In the east, Ilomantsi shares Script error: No such module "convert". long border with the Russian Republic of Karelia. The municipality is sparsely populated and is mostly characterized by with forests and boglands. About Script error: No such module "convert". of the area is designated as natural reserves, among them the national parks Petkeljärvi and Patvinsuo. The most important bodies of water in Ilomantsi are the lakes Koitere and Nuorajärvi and the river Koitajoki.

The municipality is unilingually Finnish. Local words of Karelian or Russian extraction might be used in Ilomantsi. For example the central village of the municipality is not called kirkonkylä as is usual in Finland, but pogosta (a Russian loan-word, originally pogost).[citation needed] Even the local newspaper is called Pogostan Sanomat, i.e. "The Pogosta News".

Ilomantsi has 17.4% Orthodox minority, which is the largest percentage among Finnish municipalities. The wooden Orthodox church of Ilomantsi is the largest in Finland and is dedicated to the prophet Elijah. There are also five Orthodox chapels (tsasouna) in the municipality. The Orthodox community of Ilomantsi is more than 500 years old and counts 1,100 members.

Notable residents

References

  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 30.11.2014" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  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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