Pyhtää (Swedish: Pyttis) is a municipality of Finland.


Pyhtään kunta
Pyttis kommun
The medieval St. Henry's church

Coat of arms
Location of Pyhtää in Finland
Coordinates: 60°30′N 026°33′E
Country Finland
Sub-regionKotka-Hamina sub-region
Foundedca. 1380
  Municipality managerOlli Ikonen
  Total780.96 km2 (301.53 sq mi)
  Land324.72 km2 (125.38 sq mi)
  Water456.24 km2 (176.16 sq mi)
Area rank228th largest in Finland
  Rank170th largest in Finland
  Density15.96/km2 (41.3/sq mi)
Population by native language
  Finnish88.3% (official)
Population by age
  0 to 1417.3%
  15 to 6463.5%
  65 or older19.1%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]19.75%


It is located in the Kymenlaakso region. The municipality has a population of 5,184 (31 January 2019)[2] and covers an area of 780.96 square kilometres (301.53 sq mi) of which 456.24 km2 (176.16 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 15.96 inhabitants per square kilometre (41.3/sq mi).

The medieval church (as opposed to the municipality) is situated in the village of Itäkirkonkylä ("East Church Village"). During the Reformation, the rather beautiful and moving pictures on the walls were whitewashed over. Some years ago, they were rediscovered and the whitewash removed. The village lies just to the East of the westernmost tributary of the Kymi River and was at one time on the border between Russia and Sweden established by the Treaty of Åbo in 1743. Indeed, on the Western side of the river is a municipality called Ruotsinpyhtää ("Swedish Pyhtää") known as Strömfors in Swedish.

The municipality is bilingual with 88.3% speaking Finnish, 9.6% Swedish and 2.1% other languages as their first language.[3]




  1. "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. "Suomen virallinen tilasto (SVT): Väestön ennakkotilasto [verkkojulkaisu]. Tammikuu 2019" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  3. "Population according to language and the number of foreigners and land area km2 by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
  4. "Population according to age and gender by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  5. "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  6. "Sõprusvallad" (in Estonian). Haljala vald. Retrieved 4 May 2012.

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