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Paltamo is a municipality of Finland.It is part of the Kainuu region. The municipality has a population of and covers an area of of which is water. The population density is {{Infobox Finnish Municipality/population densityPaltamo. There are two built-up areas in the municipality: Kontiomäki and Paltamo. Kontiomäki has about 600 inhabitants.The municipality is unilingually Finnish.HistoryPaltamo was first inhabited 8,500 years ago. The most sophisticated finding yet has been a weapon shaped like a bear's head. In 1552 king Gustav Vasa gave an order in which the areas of the Lake Oulu were to be inhabited. 140 families left there. In 1555 it was counted that there were 133 families living in Paltamo. The picture church of Paltamo was built in 1726 by Johan Simonpoika Knubb. It was the fourth church on the site. One of the most important persons in the Finnish history of literature – Eino Leino – was born in Hövelö in 1878. Today Paltamo is one of the slowly declining municipalities of Finland.HeraldryAs a word in the Finnish language, the word paltamo means a tar boat, which is the reason the coat of arms of Paltamo has three black tar boats on a golden background.
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