Raseborg (Finnish: Raasepori) is a town (administrative area) and municipality of Finland. It was created on January 1, 2009, when the municipalities of Ekenäs, Karis and Pohja were consolidated into a single town.
Raseborg – Raasepori
Castle of Raseborg
Coat of arms
Location of Raseborg in Finland
|Coordinates: 59°58.5′N 023°26′E|
|• Town manager||Ragnar Lundqvist|
|• Total||2,354.24 km2 (908.98 sq mi)|
|• Land||1,147.70 km2 (443.13 sq mi)|
|• Water||1,206.47 km2 (465.82 sq mi)|
|Area rank||67th largest in Finland|
|• Rank||39th largest in Finland|
|• Density||24.09/km2 (62.4/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Swedish||66.2% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||16.3%|
|• 15 to 64||63.5%|
|• 65 or older||20.2%|
|Time zone||UTC+02:00 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+03:00 (EEST)|
|Municipal tax rate||21%|
The town has a population of 27,653 (31 January 2019) and covers an area of 2,354.24 square kilometres (908.98 sq mi) of which 1,206.47 km2 (465.82 sq mi) is water. The population density is 24.09 inhabitants per square kilometre (62.4/sq mi).
The name of the new town is based on the Castle of Raseborg located in Ekenäs, or formerly in the municipality of Snappertuna. Historically the name of the county was also Raseborg in the 14th century.
The town is bilingual, the majority of the town being Swedish-speakers, taking up two-thirds of the population (66.2% to be precise) and Finnish-speakers being the minority, which approximately takes up the remaining one-third of the population (31% precisely).
In February 2011, Raseborg Municipality entered into a "Friendship Co-operation Agreement" with Makana Municipality in South Africa. The project, which is to last three years, seeks to facilitate information sharing in the fields of economic development, arts and culture, women's development, youth development, and education.
Results of the 2011 Finnish parliamentary election in Raseborg:
- "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
- "Suomen virallinen tilasto (SVT): Väestön ennakkotilasto [verkkojulkaisu]. Tammikuu 2019" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
- "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.
- "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.
- "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "Local Councils Vote to in Favour of Municipal Merger". Yle.fi. YLE. 2007-06-19. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
- "Finland Trip Feeback". Makana Municipality. Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
- City of Raseborg – Official website (in Swedish) (in Finnish)
- Makana-Raseborg - blog documenting the progress of the friendship co-operation agreement