Uusikaupunki (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈuːsiˌkɑupuŋki]; Swedish: Nystad) is a town and municipality of Finland.


Uudenkaupungin kaupunki
Nystads stad
Market place with the New Church in the background

Coat of arms
Location of Uusikaupunki in Finland
Coordinates: 60°48′N 021°25′E
Country Finland
RegionSouthwest Finland
Sub-regionVakka-Suomi sub-region
  Town managerAtso Vainio
  Town1,932.42 km2 (746.11 sq mi)
  Land502.61 km2 (194.06 sq mi)
  Water1,430.07 km2 (552.15 sq mi)
502.49 km2 (194.01 sq mi)
Area rank173rd largest in Finland
  Rank74th largest in Finland
  Density31.21/km2 (80.8/sq mi)
Population by native language
  Finnish98.8% (official)
Population by age
  0 to 1414.5%
  15 to 6466.3%
  65 or older19.3%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]20.25%

It is located in the Southwest Finland region. The municipality has a population of 15,685 (31 January 2019)[2] and covers an area of 551.65 square kilometres (212.99 sq mi) of which 49.04 km2 (18.93 sq mi) is inland water. The population density is 31.21 inhabitants per square kilometre (80.8/sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish. Both its Finnish and Swedish names translate literally to "new town". The original name of the main village that was incorporated into Uusikaupunki was Kalainen[6] (roughly translated from Finnish as "rich in fish"). The surrounding region, and especially the neighboring town of Kalanti, which merged with Uusikaupunki in 1993, was already a lively marketplace for wooden objects and salt in the early Middle Ages. Uusikaupunki was founded to legalize this trade.[7]

The town of Uusikaupunki was founded as a town with the rights of commerce in 1617 by decree by Gustav II Adolf. In 1721, the Peace of Nystad was signed in Uusikaupunki, ending the Great Northern War between Sweden and Russia. Up to the 19th century, Uusikaupunki was an important port for commerce and fishing, and up to the latter half of the 20th century, it retained an important ship-building industry.

Uusikaupunki is the home of Valmet Automotive, a contract automobile mechanical production company, producing cars and vehicles for brands such as Mercedes-Benz. It was founded in 1968 as Saab-Valmet for manufacturing Saab cars. As of June 2017, Valmet is assembling Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class cars.

Uusikaupunki is home to the Bonk museum.[8]


The results of the 2011 Finnish parliamentary election in Uusikaupunki were:


Points of interest

  • Restaurant Pursiseuran Paviljonki[9]
  • Myllymäki Park

International relations

Twin towns – sister cities

Uusikaupunki is twinned with:


  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. "1033–1034 (Pieni Tietosanakirja / IV. San Remo – Öölanti)". Runeberg.org. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  7. "Uusikaupunki – Uudenkaupungin historian lyhyt oppimäärä". 7 October 2013. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  8. "Bonk Museum". Bonkcentre.fi. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  9. "Karilla". Karilla.fi. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  10. "Suomen kuntien ystävyyskunnat Virossa" (in Finnish). Embassy of Finland, Tallinn. Retrieved 1 December 2017.

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