It is located in the North Karelia region. The municipality has a population of 6,792 (31 January 2019) and covers an area of 584.05 square kilometres (225.50 sq mi) of which 138.22 km2 (53.37 sq mi) is water. The population density is 15.23 inhabitants per square kilometre (39.4/sq mi). Neighbouring municipalities are Heinävesi, Kaavi, Liperi, Polvijärvi and Tuusniemi.
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Location of Outokumpu in Finland
|Coordinates: 62°43.5′N 029°01′E|
|• Town manager||Pekka Hyvönen|
|• Total||584.05 km2 (225.50 sq mi)|
|• Land||445.84 km2 (172.14 sq mi)|
|• Water||138.22 km2 (53.37 sq mi)|
|Area rank||195th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||138th largest in Finland|
|• Density||15.23/km2 (39.4/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||97.8% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||13.6%|
|• 15 to 64||64.3%|
|• 65 or older||22.1%|
|Time zone||UTC+02:00 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+03:00 (EEST)|
|Municipal tax rate||20.5%|
The municipality is unilingually Finnish.
The municipality was formerly known as Kuusjärvi. In 1968 it became a market town and was renamed as Outokumpu after the copper mine located in the municipality. Outokumpu gained town privileges in 1977. The town began to form around the Outokumpu Copper Mine, which was active between 1913-1989. The old mining area is still clearly visible as it is situated in the town centre and nowadays it has been developed into a tourist attraction.
Economy & companies
The steel manufacturer Outokumpu originates from the town of Outokumpu. Outokumpu Copper Mine was a big employer in Outokumpu from the beginning of 20th century until 1989 when the ore was shut down.
In Outokumpu there is a rather vibrant industrial park, which was founded in 1979 when it became apparent that the mine was to be shut down during the next decade. Most of the town's biggest employers are situated in Outokumpu Industrial Park as it has the role of organizing and developing the local businesses.
Nowadays Outokumpu is home to many technology industry companies such as Outotec Turula workshop, Finelcomp Oy, Okun Hammaspyörä Oy, Okun Koneistuspalvelu Oy and Outokummun Metalli Oy. It is said that in Outokumpu there is one of the highest densities of CNC machines and tools in Finland compared to population.
Main tourist attraction in Outokumpu is the Outokumpu Old Mine. An area where you can find a mining museum, theme park Children's mine for children, some restaurants and a Disc golf track that surrounds the old mining area.
During summer season you can go for a canoe trip on the small and beautiful lakes surrounding the Outokumpu Nature Park. You can also go fishing in Children's fishing Oasis and rent a beach sauna from touristic services.
Twin towns — Sister cities
- Schöningen, Germany
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