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Vantaa (Swedish: Vanda) is the fourth largest city in Finland (after Helsinki, Espoo and Tampere). It is part of the Greater Helsinki area. The most important parts of Vantaa are Tikkurila, Hakunila, Koivukylä, Korso, Martinlaakso and Myyrmäki. Tuusula, Kerava, Sipoo, Helsinki, Espoo and Nurmijärvi are neighbour communities and cities of Vantaa.

Vantaa has been a city since 1974. As of April 2014, the population was about 208,800. The current mayor is Juhani Paajanen.

The biggest airport in Finland, Helsinki-Vantaa, is in Central Vantaa.

Finnish and Swedish are the official languages of Vantaa. In 2006 Swedish was the mother language of 3.1 percent of population of Vantaa.

Mayors of Vantaa

  • Lauri Lairala 1974-1989
  • Pirjo Ala-Kapee 1989-1997
  • Erkki Rantala 1997-2003
  • Juhani Paajanen 2003-

Population growth

Population
Year Population
1980
132,050
1985
143,844
1990
154,933
1995
166,480
2000
178,471
2005
187,281
2010
200,055

People who were born in Vantaa

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