Last modified 15.3.2011 at 13:20
Raahe - at first there was the sea
Text: Laura Myllykoski photo: Harri Hemmilä
Raahe is the home of Raahe School of Engineering and Business. It is a peaceful town with about 23 000 residents and plenty of opportunities to stay active.
Raahe lies by the Bothnian Bay that is a part of the Baltic Sea. The town of Raahe is surrounded by several rural villages. Although Raahe is rather small, the distance to Oulu which is one of the biggest cities in Finland, is less than 100 kilometres. Some people working or studying in Raahe even live in Oulu and vice versa.
About history and steel
Raahe was founded by Pietari Brahe in 1649. During the summer Pietari can still be seen on the streets of Raahe.
Raahe is known for its schooling opportunities, the sea and the steel but when talking about Raahe one should always remember the historical point of view as well. One of the best preserved wooden quarters in Finland are located near the city centre and were built in the 19th century. They are still in residential use. Old buildings can be found also from the campus of Raahe School of Engineering and Business. History in Raahe doesn't end in houses. There are several museums with peculiarities like the world's oldest diving suit. The suit is called 'Wanha Herra' (in english 'The Old Gentleman')
Raahe has grown as a city because of steel. The factory of Rautaruukki produces steel and is one of the largest steel factories in Scandinavia. That's probably why the port of Raahe is keeping busy. Nowadays it's one of Finland´s busiest ports. Rautaruukki is also the biggest employer of Raahe with over 3000 employees.
Activities for active
Apart from the history and scenery of Raahe there is also a lot to do. There's of course a cinema and cafés, pubs, bars and night clubs. Especially Night Club Gina and Blue Moon are popular among the students.
When it comes to sports one can for example use the training opportunities offered by Kuntokeidas Vesipekka. Vesipekka has a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a steam sauna, a solarium and several playing fields. At the same time the sports centre of Koivuluoto offers treats for footballers, ice hockey players, tennis fanatics and just average joggers. And if that isn't enough one can always "get a ride" at the horse riding school of Raahe.
People into culture have a chance to see plays by the Pekkateatteri or get a role themselves. There are also gigs and concerts - and if your favourite band doesn't show up in Raahe, it probably visits Oulu.
During summer Raahe hosts many festivals such as Pekanpäivät, Sulatto-beach party and Ranta-Jazz. Summer is also the time for beach volley and swimming which are both possible in Raahe. And if you still get bored with these tips, there.s always Oulu which is only 75 kilometres away.