Pargas (former municipality)
Pargas (Finland Swedish: [ˈpɑrːɡɑs]; Finnish: Parainen, pronounced [ˈpɑrɑi̯nen]) is a former town and municipality in south-western Finland. On 1 January 2009, it was consolidated with Houtskär, Iniö, Korpo and Nagu to form the new municipality of Väståboland (since renamed to Pargas).
Pargas – Parainen
Coat of arms
Location of Pargas in Finland
|Coordinates: 60°18′N 022°18′E|
|• City manager||Folke Öhman|
|• Total||476.73 km2 (184.07 sq mi)|
|• Land||273.18 km2 (105.48 sq mi)|
|• Water||203.55 km2 (78.59 sq mi)|
|• Density||26/km2 (67/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||45% (official)|
|• Swedish||54% (official)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
It is known as the "capital" of the archipelago of Turku and had been called a town since 1977. It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Southwest Finland region. The town had a population of 12,266 (as of 31 December 2008) and covered a land area of 273.18 square kilometres (105.48 sq mi). The population density was 44.9 inhabitants per square kilometre (116/sq mi).
The city has many little suburbs around it, including Kirjala and Lielax.
- "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2008" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
- "Population by municipality as of 31 December 2008". Population Information System (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 20 January 2011.