Welcome to Närpes
The agricultural town of Närpes (Finnish: Närpiö) is officially bilingual (as of 2016), but it has one of the country's highest proportions of Swedish speakers (93% Swedophone). Most residents speak a unique local dialect known as Ostrobothnian Swedish, which is actually closer to Icelandic and unintelligible to other Finnish Swedes. Associated with farmers from this rural area, the dialect is often disparaged, but the local Närpes Teater celebrates this linguistic heritage by performing in the dialect – the country's first theatre to do so.
Närpes is famous as Finland's tomato capital, and the countryside is dotted with greenhouses to prove it. The flat rural landscape is lovely – if uniform – and it's worth a stop for good eating and fascinating local culture.