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Forssan kaupunki
Forssa stad
By the River Loimijoki
By the River Loimijoki
Coat of arms of Forssa
Location of Forssa in Finland
Location of Forssa in Finland
Coordinates: 60°49′N 023°37.5′E / 60.817°N 23.6250°E / 60.817; 23.6250
Country Finland
RegionTavastia Proper
Sub-regionForssa sub-region
Town privileges1964
 • Town managerJari Kesäniemi[1]
 • Total253.38 km2 (97.83 sq mi)
 • Land248.78 km2 (96.05 sq mi)
 • Water4.61 km2 (1.78 sq mi)
Area rank246th largest in Finland
 • Total16,738
 • Rank67th largest in Finland
 • Density67.28/km2 (174.3/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Finnish97.4% (official)
 • Swedish0.2%
 • Others2.3%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1412%
 • 15 to 6456.5%
 • 65 or older31.5%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[6]20.5%

Forssa is a town and municipality of Finland. It is located almost in the centre of a triangle defined by the three largest major cities in Finland (Helsinki, Turku and Tampere), in the Tavastia Proper region, and which is crossed by Highway 2 between Pori and Helsinki and Highway 10 between Turku and Hämeenlinna. The town has a population of 16,738 (31 March 2021)[3] and covers an area of 253.38 square kilometres (97.83 sq mi) of which 4.61 km2 (1.78 sq mi) is water.[2] The population density is 67.28 inhabitants per square kilometre (174.3/sq mi).

Forssa is known for its annual big events like in the first weekend of August held Holjat Festival as well as car enthusiasts get together in Pick-Nick, the biggest event in Northern Europe. A tradition is also annual Suvi-ilta Maraton - the second biggest marathon event in Finland. Suvi-ilta Maraton takes place a weekend before Midsummer. There is also a fairly popular harness racing track in Forssa.

The name Forssa comes from the Swedish word "fors", meaning rapids.[7]

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Forssa is twinned with:



The town was co-host of the 1982 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship for Women.


  1. ^ "Forssa sai uuden kaupunginjohtajan Koskelta: "Yhdessä olemme enemmän"". Yle Uutiset (in Finnish). Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Preliminary population structure by area, 2021M01*-2021M03*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Population according to age (1-year) and sex by area and the regional division of each statistical reference year, 2003-2020". StatFin. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  6. ^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2021" (PDF). Tax Administration of Finland. 1 December 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Forssa - Häme-Wiki".

External links

Media related to Forssa at Wikimedia Commons

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