Turku – Åbo
City of Turku
|• Total||306.41 km2 (118.31 sq mi)|
|• Land||245.63 km2 (94.84 sq mi)|
|• Water||60.78 km2 (23.47 sq mi)|
|Area rank||282nd largest in Finland|
|• Rank||5th largest in Finland|
|• Density||739.2/km2 (1,915/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Turku is located near the mouth of Aura river, and is spreads at both sides of the river. There are ten bridges over the Aura river in Turku.
History[change | change source]
Turku is the oldest city in the country. it was founded in 13th century, when Finland was part of the Kingdom of Sweden. It used to be the largest city and capital of Finland. From 1809 Russia ruled Finland, and in 1812 the government moved to Helsinki. A big fire destroyed much of Turku in 1827. After that, even the university moved to Helsinki.
The first school in Finland was established in Turku, the old Cathedral school in 13th century. The first university in Finland, the "The Royal Academy of Turku" was established in the city in 1640, but it has moved to Helsinki and become the University of Helsinki. Now there are five universities in Turku: three in Finnish language and two in Swedish language.
Museums and other sights[change | change source]
The medieval Turku Castle as seen from the harbour side.
Luostarinmäki handicraft museum.
Western side of Aura River in central Turku.
Turku Orthodox Church stands next to the main Market Square.
Brinkhall Manor in Kakskerta island.
References[change | change source]
- "Väestötietojärjestelmä Rekisteritilanne 31.8.2013" (in Finnish and Swedish). Population Register Center of Finland. http://vrk.fi/default.aspx?docid=7675&site=3&id=0. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
- Destination:Turku Flu SAS
- Turku University of Applied Sciences