The beautiful seaside city of Raahe is located on the northern shores of Finland, It is situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, less than 100km from the town of Oulu. Known locally as the Town of Sea Winds, this small but densely packed city has plenty to offer locals and tourists alike.
Currently home to more than 24,000 residents as of 2021, the city has earned a reputation as one of the most pleasant coastal towns in the entirety of Finland. Despite its small size, Raahe is jam-packed with activities and intricacies that anyone can enjoy.
History of Raahe
The city of Raahe was founded by Per Brahe the Younger, a Swedish Statesman, and Governor General of Finland, in 1649. Count Brahe wanted to build a port in the area for goods to pass through from the northern region. The eventual port town was called 'Salo', before being renamed 'Brahestad' or 'Raahe' in Finnish, in 1652.
Within a few years, the port town became bustling with seafarers and merchants looking to embark on journeys or trade precious goods. Unfortunately, during the Great Northern War of the 18th century, the city was utterly destroyed by Russian invaders, forcing a large part of the population to leave.
When peace was finally established in 1724, the town was reconstructed and in 1791, granted township rights. This was significant as it allowed the city to trade directly with other countries without the need for middlemen.( Collapse )