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Template:Infobox Finnish municipality Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. It is located 134 kilometres (83 mi) northeast of the capital, Helsinki.

The city has a population of 85,808 (31 March 2016)[1] and covers an area of 2,883.30 square kilometres (1,113.25 sq mi) of which 325.06 km2 (125.51 sq mi) is water.[2] The population density is 33.54 inhabitants per square kilometre (86.9/sq mi).

The town originally grew up around the junction of the north-south and east-west rail tracks. It was also a major road transport junction.

In January 2009, the six municipalities of Kouvola, Kuusankoski, Elimäki, Anjalankoski, Valkeala and Jaala were consolidated, forming the new municipality of Kouvola. Kouvola can now claim the natural beauty of Valkeala and Jaala as well as the cultural heritage of Elimäki and Anjalankoski as its own, the town itself being infamous for its Soviet-like Brutalist architecture[3] and allegedly high crime rate[citation needed]. Kouvola has also assumed the slogan Kymijoen kaupunki (the town of Kymijoki) previously used by Anjalankoski.[4]

Newspapers Kouvolan Sanomat and Keskilaakso are published in Kouvola.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Kouvola is twinned with:


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  4. "Kouvolan kaupunki". Website of Kouvola. Retrieved 20 June 2010. 

External links

Media related to Kouvola at Wikimedia Commons