Kempele is a municipality just south of the city of Oulu in Northern Finland. Historically it was in the province of Oulu, but today it is in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, the population of Kempele is 17,041 and the municipality covers an area of 110.09 square kilometres, of which 0.21 square kilometres is inland waters. The population density is 155 inhabitants per square kilometre, the municipality of Kempele was founded in 1867. Kempele is the birthplace of NHL goaltender Pekka Rinne, the neighbouring municipalities are Liminka, Oulu and Tyrnävä. Kempele was first permanently settled about 500 years ago, at a time when the coastline was closer than it is today, Kempele was considered part of Greater Liminka and consisted of only three houses in 1568, when it was called Kempele for the first time in official records. In 1774 full church privileges were granted to Kempele, which meant separation from Liminka, the municipal government was established in 1867. The old church of Kempele, which was built between 1688 and 1691, is one of the oldest wooden churches in Finland, Kempele was granted the right to build a prayer room in 1688, but parishioners decided to construct a church with a steeple. Given the custom of burying local notables under the church, there are about 150 graves in the crypt, the church includes decorations by the noted Finnish painter Mikael Toppelius. The old church ceased to be in use after a new church was built next to it in the 1990s. Kempele may be best known for being the headquarters of the heart rate monitor corporation Polar Electro. Elva, Estonia Media related to Kempele at Wikimedia Commons Municipality of Kempele Map of Kempele
Holy Trinity Church, Kempele
The old wooden church of Kempele was built between 1688 and 1691.