Karis (Finland Swedish: [ˈkɑːris] (listen); Finnish: Karjaa [ˈkɑrjɑː]) is a town and former municipality in Finland. On January 1, 2009, it was consolidated with Ekenäs and Pohja to form the new municipality of Raseborg; Finnish: Raasepori.


Former town
Karis stad
Karjaan kaupunki

Coat of arms
Location of Karis in Finland
Coordinates: 60°04′15″N 023°39′45″E
Sub-regionEkenäs sub-region
Town privileges1977
  Total214.76 km2 (82.92 sq mi)
  Land196.82 km2 (75.99 sq mi)
  Water17.94 km2 (6.93 sq mi)
  Density43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Population by native language
  Finnish38% (official)
  Swedish59% (official)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

It is located in the Finnish province of Southern Finland and is part of Uusimaa, one of the regions of Finland. The town had a population of 9,155 (as of 31 December 2008)[2] and covered a land area of 196.82 square kilometres (75.99 sq mi).[1] The population density was 46.51 inhabitants per square kilometre (120.5/sq mi).

The municipality was bilingual, with a majority (59%) being Swedish language speakers and a minority (38%) being Finnish language speakers.

Karis railway station is on both the Rantarata line, connecting Helsinki Central railway station and Turku Central railway station; and on the Hanko–Hyvinkää railway where it is the junction station for branch line services to Hanko railway station. By driving along the national road 51 to Helsinki, the minimum distance is about 75 kilometers.

Stage magician Simo Aalto came from the town.

See also


  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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