The former parish of Suur-Pirkkala (Great Pirkkala) is mentioned in historical documents from the 14th century. It was located over half of Pirkanmaa, a region nowadays populated by about 360,000 inhabitants. Suur-Pirkkala began to split when new parishes and municipalities were established.
Pirkkala has a long and illustrious history but the current size was determined in 1922, when the remains of Suur-Pirkkala were split into Pohjois (Northern Pirkkala) and Etelä-Pirkkala (Southern Pirkkala). The name of Northern Pirkkala was changed to Nokia in 1938 and Southern Pirkkala reverted to its original name.
Pirkkala is located some 10 kilometres south-west from Tampere in the Pirkanamaa region. The municipality has a population of 19,377 (31 January 2019) and covers an area of 104.04 square kilometres of which 22.66 km2 is water. Pirkkala is currently the fastest-growing municipality in the Pirkanmaa region.
Address: PL 1001, 33961 Pirkkala
Pirkkala is an integral part of Tampere City region, with whom the municipality is working closely together.
Central location close to the urban highways and airport is one of the most strategic strength of Pirkkala.
It is a beautiful small recreational island. Pereensaari enjoys a stunningly beautiful location on the shore of Lake Pyhäjärvi. In the center there is a meadow. There are rowing boats on the beach. Local residents and visitors like to walk on the island.
Man of Pirkkala
”Pirkkala Sculpture” was an international sculpture event in Pirkkala, with artistic director Villu Jaanisoo. During the three-week biennial, Pirkkala was filled with internationally renowned artists, and as a result, sculpture art has blended into Pirkkala's public space and natural landscape.