Welcome to Kokkola

Kokkola is  located in Central Ostrobothnia in Western Finland, on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia. The town is the financial, administrative, educational and cultural center of the region.

Kokkola was founded in 1620 by King Gustav II Adolf of Sweden. Due to the consolidation of municipalities the municipality of Kaarlela was incorporated to the city of Kokkola in 1977, and the municipalities of Kälviä, Lohtaja and Ullava in 2009.

The population of Kokkola has been grown rapidly within the past few years. There are 47 031 people living in Kokkola at the moment, which makes it the 23nd biggest town in Finland. The total area of Kokkola is 2 731 km2, from which 1 444 km2 is land area.

The town’s population density is 32,39 inhabitants per km2. Of the town's population, 84,3 % speak Finnish as a first language and 13,1 % speak Swedish, and 2,6 % speak a language other than Finnish or Swedish as a first language.