Askola, formerly Askula, is a Finnish municipality located in the province of Uusimaa. The municipality is home to 4,881 people and covers an area of 218.03 km², of which 212.44 km² is land and the remaining 5.59 km² is inland. The neighboring municipalities of Askola are Myrskylä, Mäntsälä, Pornainen, Porvoo and Pukkila.
The water areas of Askola are the Porvoonjoki River and 11 lakes in the eastern part of the municipality. The largest of the lakes is Tiiläänjärvi. There are no Natura sites in the school, but five rock areas have been classified as nationally valuable. In one of them, Kirnukallio, are the well-known Askola hiidenkirnut. The nationally valuable landscape area of the Porvoonjoki Valley also extends to the Askola side. Prestbacka Manor and Pappilanharju Nature Reserve are also protected as cultural landscapes.
Villages and corners
There are 12 life villages in Askola (data from 1967):
At the end of 2018, Askola had 4,958 inhabitants, of whom 2,638 lived in agglomerations, 2,261 in sparsely populated areas and the residences of 59 were unknown. Askola's agglomeration rate is 53.8%. The population of the Askola agglomeration is divided between two different agglomerations:
The center of the municipality is in bold.
According to the 2018 regional division, Askola has the following congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland:
Askola ParishFrom the parishes of the Finnish Orthodox Church, the Helsinki Orthodox Parish operates in the Askola area.
There are 235 finds in the Askola area in the Antiquities Register. The Kopinkallio quartz quarry is a nationally significant ancient relic. Agriculture has always been important and the area has been densely populated since the Stone Age. Initially, cultivation was practiced in Askola, during the 18th century, arable farming was introduced. From the Middle Ages, Askola belonged to the extensive administrative parish of Porvoo. It was finally independent in 1896. Askola Church was completed in 1799.
Askola belongs to the Uusimaa constituency and its municipal council has 27 municipal councilors. In the period 2021–2025, the Coalition Party will have nine seats, six in the city center, five in the SDP, five in the Basic Finns, one in the Greens and one in the RKP. He died in January 2021. In March 2021, Ilari Soosalu was elected his successor.
In 2016, Konevuori Oy, Askolan Kiinteistöt and Kallionporaus Arto Soininen paid the most corporate tax. Muovi-Heljanko, the largest canister in the Nordic countries, operates in Askola. It manufactures most of the plastic liquor bottles and salad dressing bottles sold in Finland.
According to Statistics Finland's forecast, Askola's population is growing steadily. The level of education of schoolchildren is lower than average. About 40 percent do not have a degree, the proportion is higher than the average in Uusimaa or the whole country. Less than 20% of those aged 15 and over have at least a tertiary degree. The following graph shows the municipality's population development every five years since 1980. The zoning used is in accordance with the situation on 1 January 2017.
Askola has four primary schools (Juornaankylä school, Kirkokylä school, Monninkylä school, Särkijärvi school), one upper secondary school (Askola high school) and one upper secondary school (Askola high school) and one vocational school (Careeria, Askola office). The upper secondary school and upper secondary school also receive students from the neighboring municipality of Pukkila, which does not have its own post-primary school education.
Porvoo and Män pass through Askola