Parkano is a city in Finland, located in the province of
Pirkanmaa. The municipality is home to 6,388 people and covers an
area of 909.67 km2, of which 56.74 km2 are water bodies. The
population density is 7.49 inhabitants / km2.
Parkano's neighboring municipalities are Ikaalinen, Jämijärvi, Kankaanpää, Karvia, Kihniö, Kurikka and Ylöjärvi. The former neighboring municipalities are the Ikaalinen countryside, which was merged with the then Ikaalinen township in 1972, Jalasjärvi, which was merged with Kurikka in 2016, and Kuru, which was merged with Ylöjärvi in 2009.
Parkano is located on the border of the provinces of Pirkanmaa, Satakunta and Southern Ostrobothnia, at the intersection of highways 3 and 23 and along the Tampere – Seinäjoki line. Parkano Train Station is 7 km from the city center. Most of Parkano's shops and supermarkets have moved to the Kolmoskeskus area along Highway 3. The town hall, health center, pharmacy, banks, Matkahuolto, library, church and cemetery are located in the old center of Parkano along the Parkanontie. Parkano is known for its machinery, metal and wood industries, the Baron of Parkano, its cultural, nature and sports events. The cityscape is dominated by a steel water tower painted in pine colors. The Viinikanjoki river, which flows through the city, is a major recreational fishing destination.