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Kempeleen kunta
coat of arms map
Coat of arms of Kempele Location of Kempele in Finland
Basic data
State : FinlandFinland Finland
Landscape : Northern Ostrobothnia
Administrative community : Oulu
Geographical location 64 ° 55 '  N , 25 ° 30'  E Coordinates: 64 ° 55 '  N , 25 ° 30'  E
Surface: 110.36 km²
of which land area: 110.13 km²
of which inland waterways: 0.21 km²
of which sea area: 0.02 km²
Residents : 17,923 (Dec. 31, 2018)
Population density : 162.7 inhabitants / km²
Municipality number : 244
Language (s) : Finnish
Website :

Kempele [ ˈkɛmpɛlɛ ] is a municipality with 17,923 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2018) in northern Finland. It is located around 20 km south of the city of Oulu in the northern Ostrobothnian countryside . The community is exclusively Finnish-speaking.


The Kempele settlement was established in the 16th century. It has been a separate parish since 1774, and has existed as a municipal administrative unit since 1867. Although the municipality has a share of the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia, the main settlement areas are inland. In addition to the eponymous main town Kempele, the community includes the villages Sarkkiranta, Santamäki, Honkanen, Kokkokangas and Ylikylä. Many settlements did not emerge until the 1990s. Kempele is the fastest growing municipality in Finland. The population grows by around 4% every year; the average age is only 31.8 years. This growth is due to the fact that Kempele has established itself as a commercial, high-tech and educational location in recent years. More than 500 mostly medium-sized companies have settled here. The Zeppelin shopping center, built in 1992 at Staatsstrasse 4 , is the largest in Northern Finland with an area of ​​around 27,000 m² and more than 100 shops. Since then, a new settlement core has developed around this complex, the so-called "Südzentrum" (Finnish. Eteläkeskus ).

Kempele has been twinned with the city of Elva in Estonia since 1989 .

A prominent person from Kempele is the ice hockey goalkeeper Pekka Rinne (* 1982).


The Center Party is with 21 of 43 seats, nearly half of the deputies in the council of Kempele. The National Gathering Party and the Social Democrats have eight and six members respectively, the True Finns and the Left Alliance three each, and the Green League and the Christian Democrats one each.

Composition of the City Council (2013-2016)
Political party 2012 election results Seats
Center Party 46.2% 21st
National rally party 17.7% 8th
Social democrats 15.0% 6th
True Finns 8.7% 3
Left alliance 7.0% 3
Green covenant 3.0% 1
Christian Democrats 2.2% 1

The church of Kempele

The only noteworthy attraction in Kempele is the wooden church, built between 1688–91, one of the oldest in Finland. The bell tower, which is also wooden, was built in 1789. For Finnish-Protestant standards, its interior is extremely splendidly decorated and decorated with wood paintings.

Individual evidence

  1. Maanmittauslaitos (Finnish land surveying office): Suomen pinta-alat kunnittain January 1, 2010 . (PDF; 199 kB)
  2. Statistical Office Finland: Table 11ra - Key figures on population by region, 1990-2018
  3. ^ Result of the 2012 local elections

Web links

Commons : Kempele  - collection of images, videos and audio files