Visit Kokkola - the city of the sea
The town founded in 1620 by the Swedish King Gustaf II Adolf is today a charming historical town with 36.000 inhabitants. Kokkola is the centre of the Central Ostrobothnian region and is also the northernmost part of bilingual Finland (Finnish - Swedish).
Kokkola lies in the middle of Finland on a north-to-south axis N 63 50,4' E 23 08,4'.
The distance from Kokkola to the Arctic Circle is the same as to the capital city Helsinki in the south.
The Kokkola region is a leader in the Finnish boatbuilding industry, producing about 60% of the boats built in Finland.
The 7 Bridges Archipelago nearby, where the land is still emerging, is offering wonderful unspoilt nature, bright summer nights and also winter activities on the seashore.
Experience the old. See the new. You can guide yourself through the Old Kalle's Town Walk by picking up the free guide brochure from Kokkola City Tourist Office. Walk along the route by following the red line painted on the pavement and get to know history and culture of Kokkola. The route is about 3,5 km long.
Kokkola has been an important trading town through centuries, people have always been good at trading here! Shopping in deparment stores, specialshops and factory outlets you have to put in your program, because shopping is a speciality in Kokkola. Another speciality to try is haggling!