In Raahe you can feel the presence of the sea – a placid expanse of snow in winter and blue paradise in summer. Welcome to Raahe, the Town of Sea Winds. Raahe is a town in Northern Finland on the Bothnian Bay. It is situated between two diversified industrial regions, Ylivieska and Oulu, next to the main high way and the railway routes. Raahe´s logistical location is excellent. The Port of Raahe operates all year round and it is one of the busiest ports in Finland. The distance to the international airport of Oulu is 75 kilometres. Raahe has a great maritime history. Count Pehr Brahe, Queen Kristina´s govenor general in Finland, discovered the first Raahe harbour and founded the town by the name of Salo in 1649. In the year of 1652 the name was changed to Brahestad and later on to Raahe. The Old Town of Raahe is one of the best preserved wooden towns in Finland. The Old Town is a lively part of Raahe.

On these days Raahe is bigger than ever. Neighbouring municipalities of Saloinen and Raahe were united in the year of 1973, and the annexation of also neighbouring municipalities Pattijoki and Raahe took place on the first of January 2003. Municipality of Vihanti and Raahe were united in year of 2013. The total area of Raahe town is 1.021,7 sq.kilometers. The population of the town is now 26.000 inhabitants. The number of the people of the whole Raahe District, including municipalities of Raahe, Pyhäjoki and Siikajoki, is 33.000. Trade and shipping in Raahe have a long history, they were people´s main livelihood sources until the establishment of Rautaruukki Steelworks in early 1960´s.

The Town of Raahe – www.raahe.fi
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