|coat of arms||map|
|Landscape :||Northern Ostrobothnia|
|Administrative community :||Ylivieska|
|of which land area:||229.83 km²|
|of which inland waterways:||1.80 km²|
|Residents :||1,104 (Dec. 31, 2018)|
|Population density :||4.8 inhabitants / km²|
|Municipality number :||483|
|Language (s) :||Finnish|
Merijärvi [ ˈmɛrijærvi ] is a municipality in western Finland. It is located in the coastal hinterland of the northern Ostrobothnian landscape , around 100 km away between the cities of Oulu and Kokkola . Merijärvi speaks Finnish only.
The parish has existed since 1895 and includes the parish of Merijärvi, the places Pyhänkoski and Ylipää. The largest employer is the municipality itself, in addition there are a few medium-sized service companies. Around 30% of the population work in agriculture and forestry.
The dominant political force in rural Merijärvi is the Center Party . With a good 80 percent of the vote, she received 12 out of 15 members of the local council in the 2012 local election in Merijärvi. The other three seats were won by the right-wing populist “ True Finns ”. The National Assembly Party failed with an election result of only 0.7% of the votes in the municipal council, while the third Finnish People's Party, the Social Democrats , did not even run.
In the parliamentary elections in 2007, the Center Party won 74.3% of the votes; the EU-critical "Independence Party" ( Itsenäisyyspuolue ) was the second strongest force with 5.7% , ahead of the other established parties.
|Political party||2012 election results||Seats|
|Center Party||80.3% (−9.8)||12 (−2)|
|True Finns||19.0% (+10.7)||3 (+2)|
|Other||0.7% (−0.9)||0 (± 0)|
- Maanmittauslaitos (Finnish land surveying office): 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 2007 general election
- Finnish Ministry of Justice: Results of the 2012 local elections