|• City manager||Hans-Erik Lindqvist|
|• Total||2,334.15 km2 (901.22 sq mi)|
|• Land||977.15 km2 (377.28 sq mi)|
|• Water||1,357 km2 (524 sq mi)|
|Area rank||31st largest in Finland|
|• Rank||110th largest in Finland|
|• Density||9.6/km2 (25/sq mi)|
|Population by native language3|
|• Swedish||88.4% (official)|
|Population by age4|
|• 0 to 14||14%|
|• 15 to 64||61%|
|• 65 or older||25%|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Municipal tax rate5||20%|
The municipality is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Ostrobothnia region. The town has a population of 9,383 (31 August 2013)2 and covers an area of 2,334.15 square kilometres (901.22 sq mi) of which 1,357 km2 (524 sq mi) is water.1 The population density is 9.6 inhabitants per square kilometre (25 /sq mi).
Today residents speak only Swedish, but historically, as in the early 18th century, the population was bilingual, with Finnish also used. Many inhabitants speak a very archaic Swedish dialect, which has been unaffected by many modern developments and resembles Old Swedish. The many bands who sing in that dialect include 1G3B and Nektor.
Närpes is twinned with:
- "Area by municipality as of 1 January 2011" (PDF) (in Finnish and Swedish). Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "VÄESTÖTIETOJÄRJESTELMÄ REKISTERITILANNE 31.8.2013" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
- "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.
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