Punkaharju is a former municipality of Finland. It was consolidated with the town of Savonlinna on January 1, 2013.
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Location of Punkaharju in Finland
|Coordinates: 61°45′N 029°24′E|
|• Total||748.12 km2 (288.85 sq mi)|
|• Land||471.26 km2 (181.95 sq mi)|
|• Water||276.86 km2 (106.90 sq mi)|
|• Density||4.9/km2 (13/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
It was located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. The municipality had a population of 3,702 (31 December 2012) and covered an area of 748.12 square kilometres (288.85 sq mi) of which 276.86 km2 (106.90 sq mi) was water. The population density was 7.8555/km2 (20.3457/sq mi). The municipality was unilingually Finnish.
Finnish Forest Museum Lusto and the Finnish Forest Research Institute are located in Punkaharju, which hosts a research forest park open for visitors. In the park some of the tallest trees in the whole Finland can be found, for example pines in the height of 40 metres (130 ft). Punkaharju ridge is a famous national landscape protected by a national reserve.
- "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 31.1.2012" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Archived from the original on 3 October 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
- "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.
- Punkaharju – Official site (in Finnish)(in English)