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Ikaalinen (Swadish: Ikalis) is a toun an municipality o Finland.

It is locatit in the Pirkanmaa region. The toun haes a population o 7,422 (31 Januar 2011)[1] an covers an aurie o 843.46 square kilometres (325.66 sq mi) o which 93.16 km2 (35.97 sq mi) is watter.[2] The population density is 9.89 indwallers per square kilometre (25.6 /sq mi).

The municipality is unilingually Finnish.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Ikaalinen became an independent municipality in 1641. The associatit mercat toun wis foondit in 1858. The mercat toun an the municipality wur unitit in 1972 an Ikaalinen became a toun in 1977.

The centre o Ikaalinen is on the bonnie lake Kyrösjärvi nearbi the heich-gate 3 (E12).

Main sichts[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Seitseminen naitional pairk is pairtly locatit in the municipality.

Ikaalinen is an auld tourist attraction in Finland. Its spa tradeetion dates back tae the last century an fowk muisic, especially accordion muisic is ane o its tradeetions. Its bonnie landscape haes aaways fascinatit visitors.

Economy[eedit | eedit soorce]

Durin the last decades Ikaalinen developed intae a versatile service centre wi guid business, educational an recreational facilities. The day aboot 55% o the population earns its livin frae the service sector an 15% frae agricultur, which haes aaways providit an important soorce o income.

The biggest industrial plants are Finlayson, Upofloor, Georgia Pacific Paper, Amerplast, Honkarakenne, Keskus-Sähkö, H&H Siporex an Katsa.

The Bike Station is locatit in Ikaalinen. Thay import Rohloff (manufacturer o the Speedhub), Schmidt (manufacturer o the legendary SON dynamo hub) an Weber (manufacturer o the heich quality bicycle trailers).

Notable fowk[eedit | eedit soorce]

S. Albert Kivinen, the associate professor o philosophy o the University o Helsinki, is the maist famous livin native o Ikaalinen, due tae his tongue-in-the-cheek horror stories written in Lovecraftian style. His maist famous fictional work, Keskiyön Mato Ikaalisissa ("The Midnicht Wirm in Ikaalinen"), is a Lovecraftian story set in his childhuid surroondins in Ikaalinen.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

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Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]

Media relatit tae Ikaalinen at Wikimedia Commons