Sastamala

 

Sastamala is a Finnish city in the province of Pirkanmaa, near the provincial border of Satakunta. The city has a population of 24,139 inhabitants (April 30, 2015) and an area of 1,531.75 km², of which 1,429.04 km² is land and 102.71 km² is inland water (January 1, 2015). Sastamala is the largest municipality in Pirkanmaa and its neighbors are Huittinen, Hämeenkyrö, Ikaalinen, Kankaanpää, Kokemäki, Nokia, Pori, Punkalaidun, Ulvila, Urjala and Vesilahti.

 

Geography

Sastamala is located on both sides of the Kokemäenjoki watershed in the southwest corner of Pirkanmaa. The municipality is divided by Kokemäenjoki, Liekovesi, Rautavesi and Kulovesi. Other significant severe waters in the municipality are Houhajärvi, Ylistenjärvi, Kiikoisjärvi and Mouhijärvi.

There are 11 Natura sites in Sastamala: Kuorsumaajärvi, Lavijärvi-Palojärvi cliffs, Puurijärvi-Isosuo, Kiikoisten forest, Kilpijoki beach, Kiimajärvi, Kilpikoski, Vehmaanniemi, Pirunvuori, Hanhijärvi-Keskinen-Tapiolanjärvi and Ekojärvi.

 

History

The mound's tomb with its swords, dating to the 300th century in Rammimäki, Vammala, is reminiscent of the prosperous armed burials of younger Roman times in coastal areas. It is also the only inland tomb corresponding to the coastal burial tradition at that time. During the Merovingian period, cemeteries became more common in the Sastamala area, which contributes to population growth and population density. The parish of Sastamala was a large parish belonging to the historical province of Satakunta.

The name Sastamala first appeared in the form Sastamall in a letter from King Birger Maununpoja from 1300 or 1303.

The new city of Sastamala was born at the beginning of 2009, when Vammala, Mouhijärvi and Äetsä merged. Earlier in 1973, Tyrvää and Karkku were connected to Vammala. The municipality of Äetsä had re-formed when Kiika and Keikyya merged in 1981. Suodenniemi joined Vammala in 2007 and Kiikoinen joined the new Sastamala in 2013.

The coat of arms of Sastamala is the coat of arms of the former municipality of Karku, designed by Lauri Ahlgrén.