Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Finland - Turku (FI-440945)

This nice postcard shows Turku in South-West of Finland. According to the sender, they don't have many old buildings there because of the great fire in 1827. You can also see the river Aura on this card.

Turku (Swedish: Åbo) is a city situated on the southwest coast of Finland at the mouth of Aura river. It is located in the region of Finland Proper in the Province of Western Finland. It is believed that Turku came into existence during the end of 13th century which makes it the oldest city in Finland. Turku was for a long time the most important population center in Finland: it was the first capital city of Finland from 1809 to 1812 and continued to be the largest city by population in Finland until the end of 1840's. Nowadays its significance nationwide isn't the same as it used to be, but Turku is still a regional capital and important location for business and culture.


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