Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. A population of 98,309 makes it the ninth biggest city in the country. The city has a total area of 2,317.24 square kilometers (894.69 sq mi), of which 719.85 km2 (277.94 sq mi) is water and half forest. The population density is only 62 /km (160 /sq mi), but the city's urban areas are populated very densely (urban area: 1 617.6 /km²), nationally second only to capital Helsinki (urban area: 1,690.0/km²). The population of the entire Kuopio region is 119,472.
The town of Nilsiä is joining Kuopio at the beginning of the year 2013. After that, Kuopio’s population will be well over 100,000