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SATAKUNTA

The Satakunta region is a historical province and is one of Finland’s 19 regions. Located on the west coast of Finland the region consists of 20 municipalities. Its largest cities are Pori, the capital, and Rauma. The region is a treasury of magnificent nature, flourishing culture and an uncrowded atmosphere.

Satakunta has many nationally and even internationally valuable cultural heritage and natural sites. Two of Finland’s seven Unesco World Heritage Sites are located in Rauma: Old Rauma and Sammallahdenmäki burial site.

SATAKUNTA is more

Three National Parks:

  • Selkämeri – by the coast and sea
  • Puurijärvi ja Isonsuo – in the West
  • Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas – in the North

Art and History:

  • Satakunta Museum
  • Pori Art Museum
  • Emil Cedercreutzin Musem
  • Leineperi mill
  • Kauttua mill
  • Noormarkku mill
  • Vuojoki mansion

Sports and play:

  • Yyteri beach
  • Kirjurinluoto Park 
  •  Fishing and cruises on the Kokemäenjoki River and the Bothnian Sea
  • Sports and leisure activities

Events:

  • Pori Jazz
  • Rauma Blues
  • Jämi Fly in
  • SuomiAreena
  • Rauma Lace Week

Population:

  • 226 000
  • 29 persons/square km
 

PORI

A CITY BY THE SEA AND RIVER

Pori city and its surroundings offer cultural and fun activities as well as experiences for everyone. The variety of large and small events delight our city all year round. Being close to the sea and rivers, you can smell the sea breeze from the city centre to the peace and quiet of the coast.

 

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KOKEMÄENJOKI RIVER

Kokemäenjoki river and its Delta are the bird-watching paradise of Finland.

The river has one of the largest river basins in Finland, encompassing an area of 27 046 km² and the length of the river is approximately 120 km. The River starts from the Pirkanmaa Region and flows along the Pori side in four estuaries joining the Bothnian Bay. Here, it forms the Nordic Countries largest Delta, which is often characterized as a biological hotspot, often called The Amazon of Kokemäenjoki river. The culturally and historically idyllic rural environment of Reposaari Island can be seen from the river-delta, along with the diversity of both, flora and fauna which includes over 420 species of plants, some of them being classified as endangered species, and over 110 bird species with 31 on the endangered list.

KIRJURINLUOTO PARK

Kirjurinluoto is a very popular venue for events, especially for the Pori Jazz Festival that is organised every summer and which brings along nearly 400.000 people. In addition, Kirjurinluoto is the most important recreational area in Pori, ideal for different activities such as running, swimming, disc golf or admire different species of birds and animals. Moreover, it is the perfect playground park for families with kids.

Kirjurinluoto is a culturally and historically a valuable location, combining a built environment with nature, something very important for the people of Pori.

Trails and routes, the garden park and a sandy beach offer a perfect room to breathe for visitors, in the middle of the city centre.

CENTRAL CHURCH OF PORI

The Central Church of Pori has a Gothic Revival style external architecture combined with a Jugendstil (“Youth Style”) in the inside.
 
It is the largest church in the Satakunta region, and one of the largest in Finland. The church has a seating capacity of 1,700 and the interior drawings as well as the cast iron tower are very rare in Finland. The stained glass is another rarity and was made in 1925 along with the colour choices in Paris, by the artist Magnus Enckell.

OLD TOWN HALL OF PORI

Designed and completed in 1841 by the German architect Carl Ludvig Engel, the building is in the city centre of Pori. The pediment features a Latin description “Curia Arctopolis” which means “The Court of Pori”. The latin name “Arctopolis” is a translation of the city’s Swedish name “Björneborg”. Until 1961 the Old Town Hall of Pori served the city government but today it is used by Pori Jazz and other city officials. There is a restaurant in the basement of the building, in front of which lays one of the oldest parks in the city, the English-style Town Hall Park.

 

PORI THEATRE

Pori Theatre is the most beautiful theatre building in all of Finland. Founded in 1931 it is the oldest Finnish-language professional theatre in Finland and its architecture was designed in the Renaissance Revival style by the Swedish architect Johan Erik Stenborg.

In addition to theatre performances, the building hosts a wide range of events including meetings and concerts.

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