Porvoo is a town of 50 000 people located in the south of Finland, approximately 50 kilometres east of Helsinki.
The town has a rich history, being the second-oldest town in Finland, founded in 1380. The Old Town of Porvoo is an attraction with its buildings from the 18th and 19th century.
The population is bilingual, with Finnish being spoken by a majority and Swedish by a minority.
The town is a very popular travel destination with its beautiful old town, its variety of restaurants, cafes, museums and boutiques and its proximity to nature. The river flowing through the city together with the red wooden warehouses along it are a proposed UNESCO World Heritage site. The Cathedral of Porvoo is another grand attraction. Porvoo receives around 1,6 million tourists every year.
In the past the city has served as home and inspiration to many artists through the years. Porvoo is the hometown of the famous painter Albert Edelfelt and the place where Finland's national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg as well as Tove Jansson the creator of Moomin spent a lot of their lives. It is popular among tourists to visit the homes of these artists. Other attractions for people interested in arts and culture are the Art Hall, Gallery Vanha Kappalaisentalo, Hörbergsgården and Holm House.
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