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. The town has a population of 17,021 (31 January 2019)[2] and covers an area of 253.38 square kilometres (97.83 sq mi) of which 4.61 km2 (1.78 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 68.42 inhabitants per square kilometre (177.2/sq mi).

Forssan kaupunki
Forssa stad
By the River Loimijoki

Coat of arms
Location of Forssa in Finland
Coordinates: 60°49′N 023°37.5′E
Country Finland
RegionTavastia Proper
Sub-regionForssa sub-region
Town privileges1964
  Town managerSami Sulkko
  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
  Rank66th largest in Finland
  Density68.42/km2 (177.2/sq mi)
Population by native language
  Finnish97.4% (official)
Population by age
  0 to 1414.1%
  15 to 6464.8%
  65 or older21.1%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]19.5%

Forssa is a town and municipality of Finland.

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.[6]

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Forssa is twinned with:



  1. "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. "Suomen virallinen tilasto (SVT): Väestön ennakkotilasto [verkkojulkaisu]. Tammikuu 2019" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  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.
  6. "Forssa - Häme-Wiki".

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