Karkku is a locality and former municipality in Pirkanmaa region, Finland. It was consolidated in 1973 with Vammala, which in turn, was consolidated with Äetsä and Mouhijärvi into a town of Sastamala in 2009. Kiikka is located by the lake Rautavesi, about 13 kilometres north of the Sastamala town center.

Former municipality
Karkun kunta
Karkku kommun
The Medieval Sastamala Church in Karkku.

Coat of arms
Coordinates: 61°25′06″N 023°00′47″E
  Land172.5 km2 (66.6 sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

The village of Karkku is listed as a Cultural environment of national significance by the Finnish National Board of Antiquities.[2]


The village of Karkku was the center of the Medieval Sastamala socken (not to be confused with the modern town of Sastamala), which was one of the 10 original sockens of the historical province of Satakunta. During the 15th and 16th century, Sastamala was split into several smaller parishes.

The parish of Karkku was established in 1328.[3] In Karkku is located three churches; the Medieval Saint Mary's Church from the late 15th century,[4] the Karkku Church built in 1913[5] and the modernist Salokunta Church, completed in 1960 by the design of the architect Timo Penttilä.[6]

The Karkku railway station was opened in 1895 as the Tampere–Pori railway was completed.[2] The village is also known of the 1918 Finnish Civil War Battle of Karkku which was related to the Battle of Tampere.

Karkku is the birthplace of the politician Hannes Ryömä.[7]


  1. "II Väestö". Statistical Yearbook of Finland 1972. Helsinki: Central Statistical Office. 1973. p. 16.
  2. "Karkun taajama" (in Finnish). Finnish National Board of Antiquities. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  3. "Karkku" (in Finnish). Finnish Literature Society. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  4. "Sastamala Church". Spotting History. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  5. "Karkun kirkko" (in Finnish). Parish of Sastamala. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  6. "Salokunnan kirkko" (in Finnish). Parish of Sastamala. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  7. "Hannes Ryömä" (in Finnish). Parliament of Finland. Retrieved 11 March 2017.

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