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|Landscape :||North Savo|
|Administrative community :||Varkaus|
|of which land area:||1,136.13 km²|
|of which inland waterways:||383.64 km²|
|Residents :||9,650 (Dec. 31, 2018)|
|Population density :||8.5 inhabitants / km²|
|Municipality number :||420|
|Language (s) :||Finnish|
Leppävirta [ ˈlɛpːævirtɑ ] is a municipality in the Finnish region of Savo with 9650 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2018). It is in the countryside Savo 24 km north of the town of Varkaus and 52 kilometers south of Kuopio .
The 1,519.44 square kilometer municipal area of Leppävirta covers a large part of Soisalo , the largest inland island in Finland. Around a quarter of the community area consists of water. The State Road 5 , one of the main north-south connections in the country, crosses Leppävirta. The largest settlement center in the municipality is the parish village of Leppävirta with 4624 inhabitants (December 31, 2004). Other localities in the Leppävirta area are Sorsakoski (1019), Timola (562), Paukarlahti (510) and Oravikoski (325).
The Leppävirta parish was founded in 1639. In the 19th century, the area's waterways were opened up with the construction of the Konnus Canal . The stone church of Leppävirta was built in 1846 according to plans by Carl Ludwig Engel . The culturally and historically valuable factory environment of Sorsakoski is a reminder of the industrial history of the municipality. From 1959 to 1987 a large nickel mine was in operation in Kotalahti in the Leppävirta area .
The dominant political force in Leppävirta is the rural-liberal Center Party . Even after the local elections in 2017, it is by far the strongest party in the local council with over 40% of the vote and 16 of the 35 seats. The second largest party was the Social Democrats with nine seats. Also represented on the municipal council are the conservative National Collection Party and the Left Alliance , each with three seats, as well as the right-wing populist True Finns and the Christian Democrats , each with two members.
|Political party||Election result 2017||Seats|
|Finnish Center Party||43.6% (+0.1)||16 (± 0)|
|Social democrats||23.6% (+5.4)||9 (+2)|
|National rally party||10.4% (−1.7)||3 (−1)|
|Left alliance||9.1% (+2.1)||3 (+1)|
|True Finns||6.2% (−3.4)||2 (−1)|
|Christian Democrats||6.0% (+0.4)||2 (± 0)|
|Communist Party of Finland||1.1% (+1.1)||0 (± 0)|
Sons and daughters of the church
- Jully Ramsay (1865-1919), genealogist
- Jorma Hynninen (* 1941), opera singer
- Keijo Korhonen (* 1956), ski jumper
- Anu Vehviläinen (* 1963), politician
- Sanna Markkanen (* 1990), biathlete
- Maanmittauslaitos (Finnish Land Surveyors): Suomen pinta-alat kunnittain January 1, 2010 . (PDF; 199 kB)
- Statistical Office Finland: Table 11ra - Key figures on population by region, 1990-2018
- Finnish Ministry of Justice: Result of the 2017 local elections