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Pargas (former municipality)

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Pargas
PargasParainen
Former town
Pargas stad
Paraisten kaupunki
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Location of Pargas in Finland
Location of Pargas in Finland

Coordinates: 60°18′N 022°18′E / 60.300°N 22.300°E / 60.300; 22.300Coordinates: 60°18′N 022°18′E / 60.300°N 22.300°E / 60.300; 22.300{{#coordinates:60|18|N|022|18|E|type:city(12266)_region:FI|| |primary |name=

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Country Finland
Region Finland Proper
Sub-region Åboland
Charter 1948
Town privileges 1977
Consolidated 2009
Government
 • City manager Folke Öhman
Area[1]
 • Total 476.73 km2 (184.07 sq mi)
 • Land 273.18 km2 (105.48 sq mi)
 • Water 203.55 km2 (78.59 sq mi)
Population (2008-12-31)[2]
 • Total 12,266
 • Density 44.9/km2 (116/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish 45% (official)
 • Swedish 54% (official)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Pargas (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈpɑrɡɑs]; Finnish: Parainen, pronounced [ˈpɑrɑinen]) is a former town and municipality in south-western Finland. On 1 January 2009, it was consolidated with Houtskär, Iniö, Korpo and Nagu to form the new town of Väståboland.

It is known as the "capital" of the archipelago of Turku and had been a city since 1977. It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Finland Proper region. The town had a population of 12,266 (as of 31 December 2008)[2] and covered a land area of Script error: No such module "convert"..[1] The population density was Script error: No such module "convert"..

The municipality was bilingual, with the majority (54%) being Swedish and the minority (45%) Finnish speakers.

The city has many little suburbs around it, including Kirjala and Lielax.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

The sister cities of Pargas are

References

  1. ^ a b "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2008" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Population by municipality as of 31 December 2008". Population Information System (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 

External links

16x16px Media related to Pargas at Wikimedia Commons