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—  Municipality  —
Puumalan kunta
Kukonharju Channel

Coat of arms
Location of Puumala in Finland
Coordinates: 61°31.5′N 028°11′E / 61.525°N 28.183°E / 61.525; 28.183Coordinates: 61°31.5′N 028°11′E / 61.525°N 28.183°E / 61.525; 28.183
Country Finland
Region Southern Savonia
Sub-region Mikkeli sub-region
Charter 1868
 - Municipal manager Kari Kitunen
Area (2009-01-01)[1]
 - Total 1,237.83 km2 (477.9 sq mi)
 - Land 794.62 km2 (306.8 sq mi)
 - Water 443.21 km2 (171.1 sq mi)
Area rank 88th largest in Finland
Population (2009-12-31)[2]
 - Total 2,551
 - Density 3.21/km2 (8.3/sq mi)
Population rank 269th largest in Finland
Population by native language [3]
 - Finnish 98.9% (official)
 - Swedish 0.1%
 - Others 1%
Population by age [4]
 - 0 to 14 9.8%
 - 15 to 64 61.6%
 - 65 or older 28.6%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate[5] 21%

Puumala is a municipality of Finland.

It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. The municipality has a population of 2,551 (31 December 2009)[2] and covers an area of 1,237.83 square kilometres (477.93 sq mi) of which 443.21 km2 (171.12 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 3.21 inhabitants per square kilometre (8.3 /sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Until the year 1995 a cable ferry connected the two sides of Puumalansalmi-straw. In 1995, a 781 metres (2,560 ft) long bridge replaced the ferry. The bridge is a very dominant structure when looking Puumala town center from a distance.

Puumala has relatively good services compared to the amount of population. In the town center is situated a post office, an Alko store, a kiosk, several supermakets and a few restaurants. The reason for the survival of these entrepreneurs is the arrival of summer inhabitants who triple the population of Puumala during the season.


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