This article is about the municipality of Finland. For the lake, see Lake Lappajärvi.
Lappajärven kunta

Coat of arms

Location of Lappajärvi in Finland
Coordinates: 63°13′N 023°38′E / 63.217°N 23.633°E / 63.217; 23.633Coordinates: 63°13′N 023°38′E / 63.217°N 23.633°E / 63.217; 23.633
Country Finland
Region Southern Ostrobothnia
Sub-region Järviseutu sub-region
Charter 1865
  Municipal manager Tuomo Lehtiniemi
Area (2011-01-01)[1]
  Total 523.73 km2 (202.21 sq mi)
  Land 420.84 km2 (162.49 sq mi)
  Water 102.89 km2 (39.73 sq mi)
Area rank 223rd largest in Finland
Population (2016-03-31)[2]
  Total 3,220
  Rank 234th largest in Finland
  Density 7.65/km2 (19.8/sq mi)
Population by native language[3]
  Finnish 98.7% (official)
  Swedish 0.5%
  Others 0.8%
Population by age[4]
  0 to 14 13.9%
  15 to 64 60.5%
  65 or older 25.6%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 20%

Lappajärvi is a municipality in Finland in Southern Ostrobothnia region. The municipality has a population of 3,220 (31 March 2016)[2] and covers an area of 523.73 square kilometres (202.21 sq mi) of which 102.89 km2 (39.73 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 7.65 inhabitants per square kilometre (19.8/sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Lake Lappajärvi, which gives the name to the municipality, is a meteor crater, one of the few meteor crater lakes found in Finland.

Singer and performer, Timo Kotipelto from the worldwide known Finnish power metal band Stratovarius was born and raised in Lappajärvi.

People born in Lappajärvi

Landscape in Purola, Lappajärvi


  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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