Kerimäki is a former municipality of Finland. It was consolidated with the town of Savonlinna on January 1, 2013.

Former municipality
Kerimäen kunta
Kerimäki kommun
Kerimäki Church

Coat of arms
Location of Kerimäki in Finland
Coordinates: 61°55′N 029°17′E
RegionSouthern Savonia
Sub-regionSavonlinna sub-region
  Total876.46 km2 (338.40 sq mi)
  Land557.65 km2 (215.31 sq mi)
  Water318.81 km2 (123.09 sq mi)
  Density6.3/km2 (16/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. The municipality was unilingually Finnish.

The Kerimäki Church, built between 1844 and 1847, is the largest wooden church in the world (45 metres (148 ft) long, 42 m (138 ft) wide and 37 m (121 ft) high). There are over 3,000 seats inside the structure, which can hold 5,000 people at a time.

Lake Puruvesi, which lies less than a kilometre away from the church, is one of the clearest lakes in the world. The water is pure enough to be potable.


  1. "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  2. "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.

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