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Posio coat of arms Location of Posio in Finland
Basic data
State : FinlandFinland Finland
Landscape : Lapland
Administrative community : Eastern Lapland
Geographical location 66 ° 5 '  N , 28 ° 8'  E Coordinates: 66 ° 5 '  N , 28 ° 8'  E
Surface: 3,545.22 km²
of which land area: 3,039.05 km²
of which inland waterways: 506.17 km²
Residents : 3,237 (Dec. 31, 2018)
Population density : 1.1 inhabitants / km²
Municipality number : 614
Language (s) : Finnish
Website : posio.fi

Posio [ ˈpɔsiɔ ] is a municipality in the Finnish part of Lapland .

The community was formed in 1926 from the northern areas of the city of Kuusamo and joined the Lääni Lapland. In addition to the eponymous town Posio, it includes the main town Ahola and the settlements Anetjärvi, Mäntyjärvi, Pernu, Suorsa, Peräposio, Lehtiniemi, Ristilä, Jumisko, Aittaniemi, Nolimo, Maaninkavaara, Mourujärvi, Häme (Karjalaisenniemi, Suväniemi), Kuloharju, Kynsilä and Sirniö.

The main employers are the municipality itself, several dairies and the Pentik ceramic factory. An "International Coffee Cup Museum" with more than 2000 exhibits is attached to the factory.

The picturesque landscape also attracts many tourists to Posio. There are more than 2500 mökkis (summer houses) in the municipality ; In the summer holidays the population of Posios doubles.

The 77 km² Riisitunturi National Park is located entirely within the Posios district, and part of the Syöte National Park.


As is generally the case in rural areas of northern Finland, the Center Party is the strongest political force in Posio . In the local elections in 2008 it received over half of the votes, in the parliamentary elections in 2007 it was almost 70%. In the municipal council, the highest decision-making body in local affairs, it has 15 of 27 members. The second largest faction is the local electoral list Ryhmä 2008 Yhteislista with eight seats. The Social Democrats and the Left Alliance only achieved single-digit results and two seats each, while the conservative National Collection Party, one of Finland's three people's parties, did not even run for election.

Composition of the municipal council (2009–2012)
Political party 2008 election results Seats
Center Party 52.1% 15th
Ryhmä 2008 Yhteislista 30.7% 8th
Left alliance 9.6% 2
Social democrats 7.6% 2

Posio's sons and daughters

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. Maanmittauslaitos (Finnish land surveying office): Suomen pinta-alat kunnittain January 1, 2010 . (PDF file; 194 kB)
  2. Statistical Office Finland: Table 11ra - Key figures on population by region, 1990-2018
  3. Finnish Ministry of Justice: Result of the 2007 parliamentary elections
  4. Finnish Ministry of Justice: Result of the 2008 local elections