Salo, Finland


Salo, Finland

Kuntainfo
fullname=Salon kaupunki


status=city


province=Western Finland
region=Finland Proper
district=Salo
citymanager=Matti Rasila
languages=Finnish
arearank=368th
area=143.82
arealand=143.39
poprank=38th
popdate=2004
pop=24,832
popchange=+ 0.2
popdensity=173.2
urbanisation=94.5
unemployment=9.6
website= [http://www.salo.fi/ www.salo.fi]

Salo (IPA2|slo) is a town and municipality of Finland.

It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Finland Proper region. The municipality has a population of 24,878 (2004-12-31) and covers an area of 143.82 km² (excluding sea) of which 0.43 km² is inland water. The population density is 173.50 inhabitants per km².

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

Salo has existed as a small town since at least the 16th century, though it was very small and remote ("salo" means "uninhabited forest" in Finnish). Although it has long been a centre of rural commerce, it was not officially incorporated until 1960. Today its main claim to notability is as a developing and manufacturing plant for Nokia, and can therefore be considered as the original home town of Nokia phones. Nokia also is one of biggest employers in this region.

Salo is located between the capital Helsinki and the provincial capital Turku, making it a busy small city. The short distance from these bigger cities keeps the Salo region and its business life growing. Farming also plays a considerable part in the area.

ister cities

Salo has seven sister cities:

* Katrineholm, Sweden
* Vennesla, Norway
* Odder, Denmark
* Rzhev, Russia
* Anija, Estonia
* Nagykanizsa, Hungary
* Puchheim, Germany
* St. Anthony, United States of America

Photo Gallery

External links

* [http://www.salo.fi/netcomm/default.asp Official Website]
* [http://archive.spaceimaging.com/ikonos/2/kpms/2002/05//browse.142246.crss_sat.3.0.jpgSatellite photo from May 2002]
* [http://www.salonhakemisto.com/ Service Directory with maps]


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