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—  Town  —
Äänekosken kaupunki
Äänekoski town hall

Coat of arms
Location of Äänekoski in Finland
Coordinates: 62°36′N 025°43.5′E / 62.6°N 25.725°E / 62.6; 25.725Coordinates: 62°36′N 025°43.5′E / 62.6°N 25.725°E / 62.6; 25.725
Country Finland
Region Central Finland
Sub-region Äänekoski sub-region
Charter 1911
City rights 1973
 - Town manager Hannu Javanainen
Area (2009-01-01)[1]
 - Total 1,138.51 km2 (439.6 sq mi)
 - Land 884.67 km2 (341.6 sq mi)
 - Water 253.84 km2 (98 sq mi)
Area rank 99th largest in Finland
Population (2009-12-31)[2]
 - Total 20,245
 - Density 22.88/km2 (59.3/sq mi)
Population rank 54th largest in Finland
Population by native language [3]
 - Finnish 98.7% (official)
 - Swedish 0.1%
 - Others 1.2%
Population by age [4]
 - 0 to 14 17.4%
 - 15 to 64 64%
 - 65 or older 18.7%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 19.75%

Äänekoski is a town and municipality of Finland.

It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Central Finland region. It is neighboured by Kannonkoski, Konnevesi, Laukaa, Saarijärvi, Uurainen, Vesanto and Viitasaari. The town has a population of 20,245 (31 December 2009)[2] and covers an area of 1,138.51 square kilometres (439.58 sq mi) of which 253.84 km2 (98.01 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 22.88 inhabitants per square kilometre (59.3 /sq mi).

The municipality of Äänekosken maalaiskunta was consolidated to Äänekoski in 1969 and the municipality of Konginkangas in 1993. The municipalities of Sumiainen and Suolahti were consolidated to Äänekoski in 2007.

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.[3] In 2004, the worst road accident ever in Finland occurred in Äänekoski, the Konginkangas bus disaster.


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