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) and covers an area of 253.38 square kilometres (97.83 sq mi) of which 4.61 km2 (1.78 sq mi) is water. The population density is 68.42 inhabitants per square kilometre (177.2/sq mi).
By the River Loimijoki
Coat of arms
Location of Forssa in Finland
|Coordinates: 60°49′N 023°37.5′E|
|• Town manager||Sami Sulkko|
|• Total||253.38 km2 (97.83 sq mi)|
|• Land||248.78 km2 (96.05 sq mi)|
|• Water||4.61 km2 (1.78 sq mi)|
|Area rank||246th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||66th largest in Finland|
|• Density||68.42/km2 (177.2/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||97.4% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||14.1%|
|• 15 to 64||64.8%|
|• 65 or older||21.1%|
|Time zone||UTC+02:00 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+03:00 (EEST)|
|Municipal tax rate||19.5%|
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 municipality is unilingually Finnish.
- Aarne Ervi (1910–1977)
- Pentti Niinivuori (1931–1988)
- Asko Parpola (born 1941)
- Kalevi Aho (born 1949)
- Juha Jyrkkiö (born 1959)
- Mika Helkearo (born 1960)
- Miia Nuutila (born 1972)
- Jonna Tervomaa (born 1973)
- Johanna Paasikangas-Tella (born 1974)
- Tuukka Kotti (born 1981)
- Kirsi Perälä (born 1982)
- Jussi Heikkilä (born 1983)
- Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (born 1983)
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