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Mikkeli (mĭkˈkĕlē) [key], Swed. Sankt Michel, city (1996 pop. 32,797), capital of Eastern Finland prov., S central Finland. It is in the Saimaa lake region and is an important lake port, commercial center, transportation hub, and resort area. It was chartered in 1838 and is the seat of a Lutheran bishopric.

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