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.
Amazing hotels and hostels
We've pre-picked the best hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.