The administrative district ("town") of Raseborg was formed in 1.1.2009, covering the small towns of Ekenäs, Karis and commune of Pohja. It has about 29 000 inhabitants. The town is bilingual with Swedish as a majority language. Name Raseborg is derived from the 14th century castle which is open for visitors in the summertime. Old ironworks communities like Fiskars and Billnäs form an important part of the Finnish industrial history and are recognised as nationally remarkable landscapes. Raseborg extends over a very large area, with over 100 kilometers from one border to another. As the town is bilingual, many parts of the town have their own names in Finnish and Swedish, which can be quite different from each other. This might cause some mix-ups with for example car navigators that don't recognize both languages. Here's a list of the most common names:
All the trains running between Helsinki and Turku stop in Karis (about 1 hour from both Turku and Helsinki). The local train running on Karis-Hanko track stops at Ekenäs. The train runs from Karis to Ekenäs in 12 minutes.
Local bus traffic is fairly frequent during the winter, less so in the summer. For example Fiskars is accessible by bus also during the summertime. You should check the up-to-date schedules from Matkahuolto .
Taxi rates are goverment-regulated and are the same all over Finland - starting rate is €5.70 on weekdays, or €8.80 after 8PM and on Sundays. In Ekenäs you can find taxis on the main market square (Rådhustorget), in Karis they can be found next to the bus station. There's also a taxi rank near the Karis railway station, and usually there's a vacant taxi there when the trains arrive. You can also order taxis to desired location by calling +358 (0)19 1069191 (Ekenäs) or +358 (0)19 91169 (Karis).
Svartå Manor, . Svartå Manor is one of the most precious manor houses in Finland with a history of more than two hundred years. It has one of the biggest private historical parks in Finland.edit
The Old Ironworks Villages of Fiskars and Billnäs, . Located about 12 km away from each other, Fiskars and Billnäs have had an important role in the industrialization of Finland. Nowadays Fiskars is a regocnized hub for designers and artists, and has a variety of small shops, restaurants and accomodation options. Billnäs has a modern conference centre.edit
The Old Town in Ekenäs, . The Old Town has retained a street system that reflects the structure of a medieval town. The narrow lots often extended from the street down to the waterfront, and were to provide space for both farming and fishing. The Old Town offers insight into the history of Finnish wooden towns, as well as examples of building practices in past centuries. The overall impression reflects a late 19th century streetscape, while several individual buildings still show original 18th century characteristics.edit
Ekenäs has Finland's first pedestrian street, Kungsgatan, which has many small shops lined along it. Fiskars has got some quite unique handicraft and art shops, too. Some farms have their own farm shops.