Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. It is located in what used to be the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Etelä-Savo region. The municipality has a population of }} and covers an area of |km2}} of which |km2|abbr=on}} is water. The population density is |PD/km2}} . Mikkeli was the site for the headquarters of the Finnish armed forces during World War II. In recognition of this, the towns coat of arms incorporates a pair of crossed Marshals batons, and the town was awarded the Cross of Liberty, 4th class, to be displayed with the coat of arms.