Ekenäs, Finland

Ekenäs (Finland Swedish: [ˈeːkeneːs] (listen); Finnish: Tammisaari [ˈtɑmːisɑːri]) is a town and former municipality in Finland that comprised the former municipalities of Snappertuna and Tenala together with the town of Ekenäs. It was merged with Pohja and Karis to form the new municipality of Raseborg on January 1, 2009.


Former municipality
Ekenäs stad
Tammisaaren kaupunki
Ekenäs Town
An alley in Ekenäs

Coat of arms
Location of Ekenäs in Finland
Coordinates: 59°58.5′N 023°26′E
Sub-regionEkenäs sub-region
  Total1,873.38 km2 (723.32 sq mi)
  Land726.73 km2 (280.59 sq mi)
  Water1,146.65 km2 (442.72 sq mi)
Population by native language
  Finnish17% (official)
  Swedish81% (official)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Ekenäs is in the province of Southern Finland, and is part of the Uusimaa region. The town had a population of 14,754 (as of 31 December 2008)[2] and covered a land area of 726.73 square kilometres (280.59 sq mi).[1] The population density was 20.30 inhabitants per square kilometre (52.6/sq mi).

The town is bilingual, with the majority being Swedish speakers (81%), and the minority Finnish speakers (17%).

It is noted for its archipelago, part of which is the Ekenäs Archipelago National Park. The present Neoclassical form of the Ekenäs church was designed by Italian-born architect Charles Bassi in 1839–1842 following a fire in 1821. There are two buildings in Ekenäs designed by world famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto; the Tammisaari Savings Bank (1964) and Villa Skeppet (1969), the home of Aalto's biographer, Göran Schildt.

The author Marianne Alopaeus, who wrote in Swedish, was born in Ekenäs in 1918.

Sub-region of Uusimaa

Ekenäs was also the name of a sub-region of Uusimaa, containing the following municipalities before 2009:


  1. "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2008" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  2. "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 2010-12-02. Retrieved 23 November 2010.

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