Raseborg – history and stories in two languages
Raseborg is the “new” city with the historical traditions. The city of Raseborg was founded in 2009 when the towns of Ekenäs and Karis and the municipality of Pojo were merged into an administrative unit, which got its name from the Raseborg Castle ruins in the southern part of the city.
In Raseborg, in addition the above mentioned urban areas, you’ll find many picturesque villages, country farms, beautiful nature, lakes, forests, meadows, and a unique archipelago with more than 1000 islands.
In the villages you will find the real feeling: the happy village feasts and amazingly high class cultural events, arranged by eager amateurs in the villages.
Raseborg is bilingual – a Swedish speaking majority of more than 60% of the population, makes it easier for guests mastering Nordic and Germanic languages to get around. In Ekenäs, Tenala, Bromarv and Snappertuna even a higher share of the population is Swedish speaking, whereas some villages, like Fiskars, have a majority of Finnish speaking inhabitants. Our culture is also bilingual: Summer theatre in Finnish will take place in the park surrounding the Svartå Manor and the Swedish summer theatre offers performances by the Raseborg Castle Ruins. Like in the rest of Finland, most people living in Raseborg also speak English.
As a guest in Raseborg, you will surely have the opportunity to taste our locally produced food. We want to serve you the best that our farms, waters, forests and fields have to offer. You can enjoy the delicacies in restaurants and cafés or buy them fresh on the many food markets. The biggest food event is the Slow Food market, which takes place in Fiskars Village during a weekend in the end of September or beginning of October.
History is present all over Raseborg. Karis was the first place to be mentioned in written historical documents. Archeologic excavations reveal many ancient findings. Raseborg Castle Ruins tell about the 15th and 16th century during the time that Finland belonged to the Swedish kingdom. In the old town of Ekenäs the streets are named according to handicraft professions. Today handicraft and design make the historical Fiskars Village the most important tourist attraction in the region of Western Uusimaa.
The archipelago of Raseborg is unique with more than 1000 islands. Two destinations are especially popular: The mining island of Jussarö, once inhabited by more than 200 workers. After the closing of the iron mine, the island served as training grounds for the military forces. Today thousands of tourists walk visit the island. The small fisherman’s cottage, Rödjan, located in the Ekenäs National Park is another popular place to visit. On the mainland, there are many pure lakes where you can swim, and big forests where you can go hiking. In some forests there are paths to follow. In Ekenäs the nature park Ramsholmen is white twice a year: In the winter, when the snow falls and in May when the white anemones bloom.
Raseborg City Tourist Office
Rådhustorget, 10600 Ekenäs
+358 19 289 2010