Ruokolahti (Swedish: Ruokolax) is a municipality of Finland, situated in south-eastern Finland, in the region of South Karelia. Neighbouring municipalities are Imatra, Lappeenranta, Taipalsaari, Puumala, Sulkava, Punkaharju, Parikkala and Rautjärvi. Ruokolahti covers an area of 1,219.85 square kilometres (470.99 sq mi) of which 23% is water.
Church in Ruokolahti
Coat of arms
Location of Ruokolahti in Finland
|Coordinates: 61°17.5′N 028°49′E|
|• Municipal manager||Antti Pätilä|
|• Total||1,219.85 km2 (470.99 sq mi)|
|• Land||943.50 km2 (364.29 sq mi)|
|• Water||276.4 km2 (106.7 sq mi)|
|Area rank||81st largest in Finland|
|• Rank||171st largest in Finland|
|• Density||5.4/km2 (14/sq mi)|
|Population by native language|
|• Finnish||98.8% (official)|
|Population by age|
|• 0 to 14||13.6%|
|• 15 to 64||61.5%|
|• 65 or older||24.9%|
|Time zone||UTC+02:00 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+03:00 (EEST)|
|Municipal tax rate||18.5%|
Ruokolahti is known for its natural environment, for example Kummakivi is a balancing rock located at 61° 29' 36.4596" N, 28° 25' 45.5016" E in Ruokolahti and is protected. In the west there is the Lake Saimaa and in the east there are hundreds of smaller lakes. The Salpausselkä ridges run through the area. It is also the town in which sniper Simo Häyhä spent the last years of his life.
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