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Närpes (Finnish: Närpiö) is a town in Ostrobothnia, Finland.

Understand[edit]

Närpes is the Tomato Capital of Finland. In the greenhouses all around the local people grow the main harvest of Finnish tomatoes all year around. If you buy Finnish tomatoes in any supermarket in Finland, chances are they come from here. And people are proud of that fact. Otherwise this place is spread out over a large forest area and you need a car to get around.

The Finnish-speaking minority in Närpes is tiny, and little Finnish is spoken by the majority, so "survival sentences" in Finnish aren't worth the trouble. The town has its own, ancient Swedish dialect, so understanding the local lingo can be a real challenge, even for native Swedish-speakers, although most change to standard Swedish when talking to non-Ostrobothnians.

The flourishing agriculture has led to significant immigration from far away, and the town is an example of successful integration, with some 17% talking foreign languages as mother tongue.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Coming from the north (Vaasa/Vasa) or south (Pori/Björneborg), take national road 8/E8 and then transfer to route 673 and 676 to reach Närpes. Coming from the east, take route 67 instead of E8. There are also smaller coastal roads from Kristinestad (Skrattnäsvägen to Pjelax, then Kristinestadsvägen) and Vaasa (Strandvägen, road 673, via Malax and Korsnäs).

By bus[edit]

Buses from Vaasa and Pori stop at Närpes. Ingsva has some regional routes. The Onnibus route between Turku and Oulu stops at the highway crossroads (Närpiö th).

Get around[edit]

A car is really needed to get around the distances.

Opas.matka.fi includes some bus services to the countryside. The service line offers dial-a-ride service.

By taxi[edit]

See[edit]

  • The old church has one unique thing: over 150 small log houses, which were built as stables so local people travelling all the way to Sunday church could keep them safe.
  • Öjskogsparken, Kyrkvägen 23, +358 40-505-5377. Open air museum area with over 20 historical houses to discover allowing a great insight into 19th-century countryside life. Step inside a traditional country shop, learn about wedding traditions and don't miss the pharmacy museum.

Do[edit]

Buy[edit]

Tomatoes and cucumbers. There is other industry too, but you don't want to pack a bed or a lorry trailer as souvenir, and the furs are mostly sewn elsewhere.

Check for yourself though.

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Respect[edit]

Don't go into animal rights. Fur farming is big, and also your views on chicken raising and the like might be better not shared with the locals.

Go next[edit]

To Kaskinen (Kaskö), an idyllic harbour town, an enclave of Närpes and the smallest town of Finland; a fusion was discussed in 2019 but turned down by the voters in Kaskö.

Routes through Närpes
OuluVaasa  N Tabliczka E8.svg S  KristinestadPori


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