Ruokolahti (Swedish: Ruokolax) is a municipality of Finland, situated in south-eastern Finland, in the region of South Karelia. Neighbouring municipalities are Imatra, Lappeenranta, Taipalsaari, Puumala, Sulkava, Punkaharju, Parikkala and Rautjärvi. Ruokolahti covers an area of 1,219.90 square kilometres (471.01 sq mi) of which 7001230000000000000♠23% is water.
Ruokolahti has 5,305 inhabitants (31 March 2016), but the population is doubled in summer as holidaymakers occupy the 3,000 summer cottages in the region.
Ruokolahti is especially known for its natural beauty. In the west there is the shimmering Lake Saimaa and in the east there are hundreds of smaller lakes. The big Salpausselkä ridges run through the area. It is also the town in which famed sniper Simo Häyhä, considered to be one of the greatest of all time, spent the last years of his life.
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