Charm of the history

Rauma is third oldest town in Finland, being found in 1442. In 1550, the townsmen of Rauma were ordered to relocate to the just-founded Helsinki, but with no avail – the people of Rauma refused to move, and Rauma continued to grow. Nowadays, Rauma hosts two world heritage destinations, and you can literally live in the middle of the history.

Rauma has also a harbour, due to which international influence the town centre was built in the neo-renaissance style. The buzzing seafaring made the town prosperous.

 

Vivid coastal town

The sea is still a big part of the everyday life in Rauma. Many enjoy various recreational activities, such as visiting and hiking the islands, as well as sailing. Fun fact: the dialect in Rauma, due to seafaring past, inherits words from languages like Swedish, German, and English! The harbour is a nice place to relax in the summer evenings and enjoy picnics.

The Old Town, with its beautiful wooden buildings, is the perfect setting for romantic walks. The idyllic heart of Rauma is buzzing with life: the market square is a popular tourist attraction, and dozens of shops and boutiques, as well as cafés, restaurants, and bars and terraces are scattered around the area.

  • Key facts

    Population: 39,700

    Founded: 1442

    Foreign nationals: 2.7%

    Total area: 1,110.13 km2

    Number of summer cottages: 2,298

    Warmest month: June, 20C

    Coldest month: February, -6C

    Currency: Euros

  • Geography

    Rauma is located on the shore of the Gulf of Bothnia. There is a small archipelago protecting the town from the open sea. The land area is covered in mainly conifer forest, with some birch and alder woods on the steeper banks and streams.

  • Climate and weather

    The climate in Rauma is maritime, and there is substantial snowfall in the wintertime. The sea makes the winters milder and the summers cooler than in continental areas. The coldest month is January, with an average temperature of -6C, while it gets hottest in July, with an average temperature of 20C.

  • Shopping

    Rauma, especially the Old Town, has a myriad of local specialised shops, where you can find everything from ecological honey to hand-printed pillow cases, not to mention all gifts made of the famous lace. Interesting items as well as fresh food ingredients can be found from the market place. Rauma features also numerous Finnish and international clothing brands, in their own stores or in the town’s shopping malls.

  • Food and drink

    The food and drink scene is especially prominent in the heart of the old town, and there is something for anyone in the numerous various cafés, restaurants, pubs, and bars. Things to try are the local seafood cuisines, as well as the traditional dishes from the seafaring past: lapskoussi (mashed potatoes and salted meat) and topseilvellinki (raisin soup, usually served with pancakes).

    There are several pubs and bars, as well as a handful of clubs, but for students the best party scene is self-organised: various student unions and societies are active in throwing various celebrations!

  • Getting around

    The closest airport is in the neighboring city Pori. However, the larger Turku airport may at times have better connections to Rauma. Sometimes the fastest route is to fly to Helsinki and take a train or a bus instead of waiting for a connection flight.

    Rauma is well-connected by bus, and many tourists arrive this way. There is no direct passenger train traffic to Rauma, however, if you buy a train ticket from VR, a bus ride of the train station of Kokemäki to Rauma is included. There is no passenger traffic by sea, but many arrive to Rauma with their own yachts.

    In Rauma, the most convenient way of getting around is a bicycle. Many places can be reached by foot, however, there are local bus lines serving.

  • Safety

    Rauma, like the rest of Finland, is extremely safe.

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Cities in Finland offer a wide variety of students services from student discounts in various stores and on public transportation to student housing and affordable student meals. Read below to find out the all services offered in Rauma.

  • Accommodation

    There is no student housing foundation in the Rauma area, but students need to search accommodation from the private markets. More information and advice is provided by your university’s/university of applied sciences’ International Secretary, who will introduce you to several available options.

  • Transportation

    By train:

    You get a 30 % student discount on Basic tickets when travelling on long-distance trains, as well as on 10 and 30 journey multi-tickets. You are also entitled to a 50 % student discount when travelling on commuter trains in commuter train services area on single tickets and on 10 journey multi-tickets.

    More information: https://www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/students_new

     

    By bus:

    For single trips exceeding 60 kilometres, Matkahuolto grants a 50% discount for normal adult tickets. For shorter trips, the discount is smaller. The tickets are always cheaper when purchased online in advance. There is also a five-trip

    travel card available for students, that entitles the card holder for five travel times in the specified route. To receive the student discount, you must a full-time student at a Finnish institution, and have a student ID with Matkahuolto stamp on it. Alternatively, you can get a Matkahuolto and VR student ID from any bus terminal.

    More information: https://www.matkahuolto.fi/en/

     

    Local transportation:

    The local transportation in Rauma is organised by Koiviston Auto. They will accept your Matkahuolto card, and give discounts similar to Matkahuolto. You can top up your travel card at Koiviston Auto busses, but the card itself has to be purchased and activated at Matkahuolto.

  • Library

    Rauma has a total of five libraries and a library bus. They are all part of Satakirjastot library network, that consists of all public libraries in the Satakunta region. Your library card, that can be received free of charge, is valid in all Satakirjastot libraries, and gives you access to their online services too.

    More information about the libraries in Rauma and Satakunta, as well as their services and access to their online service, can be found from https://www.satakirjastot.fi/web/arena/welcome.

  • Student meal

    In Finland, the meals for students are state supported, and thus healthy, nutritious, and very affordable.

    Here you can find a list of the student restaurants catering in Rauma: https://asiointi.kela.fi/opiskelijaravintolahaku/OpruokaApplication?karttalinkki=eng08000684

    More information about student meals and meal subsidies can be found from http://www.kela.fi/web/en/meal-subsidy

  • Health care

    In Finland, the health care of students is organised by Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS, in Finnish: Ylioppilaiden terveydenhoitosäätiö, YTHS).  The FSHS services are available for all students studying on Bachelor’s or Master’s level at universities and have paid their student union membership fee to a student union that is affiliated with the FSHS. Those studying for a Licentiate of Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine degree are also entitled to use the FSHS’s services. The health services are not available for Doctoral students, so if you are admitted to Doctoral level studies, please contact your university for advice and options on local health care.

    If you are studying at a university of applied sciences (UAS), the health care services are usually provided through municipal health care providers. You can find more information on your health care arrangements from your UAS directly.

    Please note that even when your student status makes you eligible to access the student health care services, this does not replace the need for a valid insurance.

    You can find more information from FSHS website: http://www.yths.fi/en/ or directly from your own UAS or university.

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Old Town

The charming Old Town was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1991 as an exemplary well-maintained Nordic wooden town. There are numerous shops and stores, but the best part is to sit down to the terrace of a restaurant or bar, for a piece of cake or a cold pint of beer on a light summer evening. Remember to have a look at Kituränn, the narrowest street in Finland!

Sammallahdenmäki

A Bronze Age burial site, Sammallahdenmäki, is the other UNESCO World Heritage Site in Rauma. The site is the widest on the Gulf of Bothnia, and features 36 burial crains. There is a 1,5km long path that is suitable for hiking independently. There are also lots of information available on the site. However, guided tours are also very popular, as the guide gives you lots of insight to the area, its history, and the Bronze Age in the North.

Kuuskari Fortress Island

The former military fortress island still has a strong feeling of the past. There are many interesting military relics, such as four coastal cannons, one of them still even functional! There are also two surveillance towers, many trenches, shooting ranges, and other important parts of a former fortress. The Kuuskari trail introduces the geology of the island to its visitors, and the island features saunas, a restaurant, a café, and holiday apartments as well.

Church of the Holy Trinity

Originally a Franciscan monastery, the 15th century building is now a Lutheran church. What makes it special are the medieval frescoes on the walls and the ceiling!

Marela and Kirsti’s House

Marela is a beautiful museum presenting the home of a ship owner in the turn of the 20th century, the golden time of seafaring in Rauma. Kirsti’s house has been accommodating sailors, bobbin lace makers, a blacksmith and a firefighter, but serves now as a museum as well.

The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity

Originally built in the 15th century as a parish church, the building got destroyed in a fire in 1640. Nowadays, the ruins are just a reminiscence of the past, but create a beautiful dramatic setting in the surrounding park.

Sailing

There are old ships, such as schooner Kathrina, or galeas Ihana, that bring people out to the sea for sail. The trips vary in duration, and often include a meal. There is no better way to enjoy the beautiful archipelago and see the Baltic sea!

Rauma Lace Week

Bobbin lace making traditions have deep roots in Rauma, and lace has been made in Rauma at least from the mid 18th century forwards. The Lace Week has been an annual event in Rauma since 1971, and the lace exhibitions attract lace makers and guests from all over Finland as well as overseas.

Rauma Maritime Museum

Located in the former Rauma Maritime school, that was completed in 1900, the museum has still an authentic feeling. It exhibits the rich seafaring traditions in Rauma, not only focusing on the ships, but also explaining the lives of the sailors.

Lönnström Museums

Opened as a museum in 1988, the Lönnström Home Museum is the former home of Teresia and Rafael Lönnström. It exhibits exquisitely the life of an industrialist couple. At the gallery of the home museum, is located the Lönnström Art Museum, that exhibits the Lönnrot couple’s own collections, as well as changing contemporary Finnish art works.

Rauma Water Tower

The Rauma water tower offers an amazing view over the town, as well as to the archipelago and the sea. Located in the tower is also restaurant-café Torni, so you can enjoy a cup of coffee and a sweet treat, or even dine with your friends while gazing at the amazing view!

Kiikartorni Lookout Tower

The original lookout tower served the boats in the harbour and at the sea, but was taken down in the 50s. However, a new tower was completed in 1992 by volunteers. The new tower is a duplicate of the old one, and stands 18.6 metres tall. Climb up to observe a piece of the most beautiful archipelago scenery!

Alfred Kordelin Chapel

Alfred Kordelin used to be a respected tradesman in Rauma and was given the honorary title of agricultural counsellor. The Kordelin chapel, completed in 1921, was built at the old cemetery and donated to the parish by his relatives. The grave of Alfred Kordelin and a memorial monument are located in the cellar of the chapel.

Pystökaffee

Pystökaffee, “standing coffee”, is a way to start the day like a local. A popular tradition is to buy a coffee and a doughnut from a coffee kiosk at the market place, and enjoy it standing while chatting with other people.

And more…

See Visit Rauma for more amazing things to experience!

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