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Hämeenlinna is a traditional and vibrant educational and cultural town at the junction of nationally important rail, road and waterway network.

Living up to its vision, Hämeenlinna is a lively, beautiful and pleasant beach town in Southern Finland, which strives for sustainable development and offers visitors and citizens a variety of services.

The City of Hämeenlinna was founded in 1639. Hämeenlinna presents the ideal combination of nature and culture. 375 years old, the city is full of historical sights and surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.

  • See photos of Hämeenlinna in Flickr.
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Photo competition of 2016

This year the City of Hämeenlinna is holding a photography competition with the theme "Nature and water". You can participate by taking a picture of Hämeenlinna's nature in different seasons. Read more...

The Birth Place of Jean Sibelius

The city's landmark is its medieval red brick castle.

Hämeenlinna is also famous for its unique Aulanko Park and as the birthplace of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

See the leaflet: Path of Sibelius - Discover the most important places and moments in the life of Jean Sibelius (pdf, 5 MB)

You can also send a personal Sibelius e-card and get to know the Sibelius-realted places in Hämeenlinna.

There is the Sibelius Center and a web shop in Hämeenlinna city centre (Palokunnankatu 9). There you can buy Sibelius related art, music and craft. See more..

There are several Sibelius-related cultural sites and events in the city of Hämeenlinna.

Shopping Centre Goodman

A centralized shopping area with hotels and apartments will be constructed on the western side of the city on top of the highway. The town center is expanding to the Southern Bank area and the plans are well underway.

 Information about the motorway being covered by deck in Hämeenlinna. The Shopping Centre Goodman.

The Olympic Games 1952 area of Ahvenisto

There are also plans for utilizing the swimming pool and the surrounding areas of Ahvenisto, which were part of the Olympic Games in 1952.

New living areas are under constant construction and business areas are continuously expanded.

Service Points

The City of Hämeenlinna operates service points where you can get information in one place about the services of the city's organisation as well as applications and leaflets. There are six service points: the Kastelli service point at the center of the city and five branch service points which are situated in the branch libraries. The staff members also provide assistance in filling in forms, if needed.

Main services of the service points:

  • Information and advice on the city's services and accommodation
  • Rental of the city's premises
  • Regional brochures and maps
  • Submission of documents and applications to the city
  • Fishing permits for the central Hämeenlinna area and mooring births for boats
  • City's cashier counter services (payments to the city, the utility companies Hämeenlinnan Seudun Vesi Oy and Hämeenlinnan Terveyspalvelut – without handling fee)
  • Two computers and wireless internet free of charge
  • Official announcement board of the city

Hämeenlinna in a nutshell

Basic information
Population (31.12.2014): 67 976
Total area: 1786 km2, of which 246 km2 are lakes
Municipal budget 324,5 M €
Municipal tax (2015) 20,50 %

Lines of business
Metal industry: 30 %
Trade and services: 30 %
Public administration: 30 %
Others: 10%

Some major firms in Hämeenlinna
Patria Vehicles
Sisu Axels
Huhtamäki Oy Polarcup
Konecranes Oyj
Kultakeskus Oyj
Iittala Group

Distances from/to
Helsinki 100 km
Tampere 80 km
Lahti 80 km
Turku 140 km

Twin/sister towns
Baerum, Norway
Celle, Germany
Frederiksberg, Denmark
Hafnarfjördur, Iceland
Tver, Russia
Püspökladanyi, Hungary
Torun, Poland
Uppsala, Sweden
Weimar, Germany
Tartu, Estonia

Viimeksi muokattu: 15.3.2016