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Nurmes today

Nurmes offers both residents and companies a modern and service-oriented city that is close to nature. Nurmes is made up of people, activities, culture and the environment.

Nurmes is an attractive and developing residential and entrepreneurial city that has a central logistics location in Pielinen Karelia. Nurmes is a safe small city that offers plenty of residential options, good quality basic services, and versatile options for leisure activities.

In addition to basic education, the city has its own upper secondary school and adult education centre, and good library, culture and leisure services. In addition, there is a vocational school in Nurmes.

The city has a versatile economic structure. Food, metal and wood industries employ many residents in Nurmes.

Nurmes takes part in the Carbon Neutral Municipalities project (HINKU) and, as a HINKU-municipality, has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions more extensively and rapidly than EU targets and schedules would require.

Nurmes in figures

The market town of Nurmes was established on 5 December 1876, and the rural municipality of Nurmes was attached to the market town on 1 January 1973. Nurmes gained the status of a city on 1 January 1974. Nurmes and Valtimo united on 1 January 2020 so now we are bigger and stronger together.

Surface area 2 693 km2
         Land area 2 401 km2
Population (31 December 2021) 9 423
Tax rate 2022 21,00 %
Real estate tax rate 1,05 %
         Permanent residential buildings 0,47 %
         Other than a permanent residential buildings 1,04 %
Unemployment percentage (2021) 14,00 %
Economic structure (2020)  
Primary production 15,3%
Processing 20,7 %
Services 62,4 %
Not specified   1,6 %