The ​Vaasa region

 


Vaasa is a region located on the West coast of Finland and it is rich in culture and history.

Vaasa is the closest region to Sweden in Finland.  The regular ferry route here is the northernmost in the world. The town of Vaasa was founded in the 1600's and is named after the Swedish royal family Vasa. Vaasa was the Finnish Capital in 1918 during the civil war in Finland.  It is a lively coastal town and has a lot of influence from Sweden, including language.

The town Närpiö is surrounded by beautiful villages, well maintained farms, gardens and other agriculture. Over 70% of Finland's tomato production comes from Närpiö.

In Korsholm you can find the largest part of the Unesco listed natural heritage Archipelago Kvarken.  Also, the longest bridge in Finland, Raippaluoto Bridge (1045 meter) is located here.

 Korsnäs is the most Western municipality of the Finnish mainland. The area was under water 2000 years ago. This area is one of the most Swedish speaking areas in the World, including Sweden.

The Malax municipality is a bi-lingual Archipelago area 25 kilometres south from the City of Vaasa. If offers peaceful nature and local cultural experiences.

In the Vörå area you can find archeologically sites from the Bronze and Iron ages.  On the fields of Oravainen the Russian army defeated the Finnish forces in 1808 and Finland was conjoined as a part of Russia. Here is located the oldest wooden church in Finland, and it's still functioning.

Isokyrö's municipality is full of interesting historic attractions. The area is known as the Nordic scene for the Finnish National Epos "Kalevala".

Laihia is known for it's stingy people, and jokes related to this stereotype. You kind find a museum completely dedicated to this character type. Laihia is often referred to as Finland's very own Scotland.