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Raseborg (Raasepori in Finnish) is a municipality in Uusimaa, Southern Finland formed in 2009 by merger of the administrative areas of Ekenäs, Karis and county of Pohja.


Raseborg has about 29 000 inhabitants, and it is bilingual with Swedish as a majority language. The 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 region is bilingual, its towns and villages have their names in both 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:

  • Ekenäs (swe), Tammisaari (fin)
  • Karis (swe), Karjaa (fin)
  • Fiskars (swe), Fiskari (fin)
  • Pojo (swe), Pohja (fin)
  • Tenala (swe), Tenhola (fin)
  • Billnäs (swe), Pinjainen (fin)
  • Svartå (swe), Mustio (fin)

Understand Fiskars[edit]

Fiskars Village is known as a center of Finnish artisan village of art and design. High-quality around-the-year conference, hotel and restaurant services, together with a variety of shops and workspaces offer visitors something to see and do throughout the year.

Regular bus connections with 20 minutes travel time run from Karis junction bus station.

Understand Jussarö[edit]

The only Finnish ghost town on the island of Jussarö(.net) is located 18 km south of Ekenäs at 59°49,6‘N 23°34,1‘E.

Jussarö was a mining city where iron ore was mined once. Between 1967-2005 the island was used by the Finnish Defence Forces.

Islands services in season include guest marina services operated from Café Ön, a small shop of some sorts, rent-a-sauna, guided tours and starting in 2016 also lodging.

A waterbus service from Baggö Marina (.com), Baggövägen 1275, to Jussarö will begin service in 2016 season.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

The distance to Ekenäs from Helsinki is 96 km, from Turku 116 km.

By bus[edit]

There are frequent bus connections [27] to Raseborg from Helsinki and other parts of Western Uusimaa.

By train[edit]

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.

By ship[edit]

A service taking cars and passangers from Paldiski, Estonia runs to Hanko Port.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

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 [28].

By taxi[edit]

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).

See[edit][add listing]

  • Ekenäs Archipelago National Park. Most of the national park's land area is composed of rocky islets. Park is only accessible by boat. Scheduled tours are arranged in the summer months.  edit
  • Raseborg Castle Ruins, [1].  edit
  • Svartå Manor, [2]. 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, [3]. 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, [4]. 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

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Faces(.fi) is an annual world music festival arranged in Raseborg since 1998. In 2016 the festival takes place on the first weekend of August 2016 in the scenic and historic Fiskars Village a short 20 minute bus ride north from the Karjaa railway station. The theme for 2
  • In 1998 the festival was held at the Raseborg Castle ruins
  • In 1999-2009 the festival was held in the setting of Billnäs ironworks grounds, Pohja county.
  • In 2010-2013 the festival was held by the seaside in Gumnäs, Raseborg.
  • In 2014-2015 it returned to its original site, the Raseborg Castle ruins.
  • In 2016 the festival will be held in Fiskars Village, Raseborg on the first weekend of August.
Program is varied with ethnic music from home and abroad. Other happenings in the Faces are the Street Performance Championships, Small Faces program and space for kids with an included swimming beach where also grown-ups are welcome to cool off after dancing self sweaty to the great music, impromptu crowdsourcing Freedom Stage and art installations throughout the festival areas.
Faces is known as the most family-friendly music festival of the Finnish summer and also always goes the extra mile to provide accessibility for those with disabilities.

Buy[edit][add listing]

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.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Eat in Ekenäs[edit]

  • Bar-Restaurant Santa Fe, Skillnadsgatan 14, Ekenäs, +358 (0)19 246 1173 (), [5].  edit
  • Formis Pizza, Formansallén 2, Ekenäs, +358 (0)19 246 2071.  edit
  • Restaurang GH, Björknäsgatan 12, Ekenäs, +358 (0)19 241 3200, [6].  edit
  • Rådhuset, Rådhustorget/Raatihuoneentori, Ekenäs, +358 (0)44 700 2488, [7].  edit

Eat in Karis[edit]

  • Restaurang Knäppen, Högbergsgatan 18, Karis, +358 (0)19 233 228, [8].  edit
  • Restaurang KW, Korkeavuorenkatu 12, +358 (0)19 233 228 (), [9]. 11:00-21:00.  edit
  • Ravintola La Colina, Korkeavuorenkatu 20, +358 40 730 5869, [10]. 11:00-21:00.  edit

Eat in Fiskars[edit]

  • Hotel and Restaurant Fiskars Wärdshus, Fiskarsvägen 14, Fiskars, +358 (0)19 276 6510, [11].  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]


Cafes in Karis[edit]

  • Art Café Serendipity, Köpmansgatan 30, Karis, +358 (0)19 236 872, [12].  edit
  • Lilla Hembageriet, Centralgatan 82, Karis, +358 (0)19 233 557.  edit

Cafes in Ekenäs[edit]

  • Bageri Café Carl de Mumma, Rådhustorget, Ekenäs, +358 (0)19 241 4640, [13].  edit
  • Voffeli & Kaffeli, Smedsgatan 10, Rådhustorget, Ekenäs, +358 (0)50 522 7763, [14].  edit

Cafes in Fiskars[edit]

  • Petris Chocolate Room, Fiskarsvägen 30, Fiskars, +358 (0)500 691 523, [15].  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Sleep in Ekenäs[edit]

  • Motel Marine, Kammakaregatan 4-6, Ekenäs, +358 (0)19 241 3833, [16].  edit
  • Ormnäs Camping, Ekenäs, +358 (0)19 241 4434, [17].  edit
  • Hotel Sea Front, Vitsippsgatan 2, Ekenäs, +358 (0)19 246 1500 (), [18].  edit
  • Stadshotellet Ekenäs, Norra Strandgatan 1, Ekenäs, +358 (0)19 2413 131 (), [19].  edit

Sleep in Karis[edit]

  • Dönsby B&B, Dönsbyvägen 133, Karis, +358 (0)50 537 9584, [20].  edit
  • Hannelbacka B&B, Finbyvägen 136, Karis, +358 (0)44 533 1702, [21].  edit

Sleep in Fiskars[edit]

Sleep in Billnäs[edit]

  • B&B Eden, Sjösängsvägen 23, Billnäs, +358 (0)44 337 2128, [24].  edit

Sleep in Svartå[edit]

  • Svartå Manor, Hållsnäsvägen 89, Mustio/Svartå, +358 (0)19 36 231, [25].  edit


  • Raseborg Tourist Office, Rådhustorget, Ekenäs, +358 (0)19 289 2010 (), [26]. Summer: Mon-Fri 8.30am-6pm, Sat 10am-2pm Winter: Mon-Fri 8.30am-4pm.  edit
  • Karis Info, Centralgatan 90, Karis, +358 (0)19 289 2125.  edit
  • Fiskars village info [29]

External links[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • Hanko is half-an-hour train ride south-west of Raseborg. It is a port town and has connections to Germany and Estonia.

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