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Welcome to the Vaasa Region

The Vaasa Region, situated on the west coast in Finland, is exotic in many ways – and certainly worth exploring.

Finland is full of modest regions, but we are not one of them. We are proud of ourselves and not afraid to let it show.
Would you like a latte and pastry in a cosy café? Or a sausage cooked over a campfire out in the middle of nature?
In the Vaasa Region, you do not need to make that choice. Urban living and great experiences in nature are both part of daily life here for locals and visitors alike.

Landscapes shaped by ice and sea and vast expanses of stunning flatlands.

It may be surprising, but the sea is related to the grain fields of Ostrobothnia. The flat plains you see in this rural landscape rose from the sea over time.

  • The unique Kvarken Archipelago is Finland's only Natural World Heritage Site on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • Kvarken Boat Museum - one of the largest boat museums in the Nordic countries.
  • Kyrö Distillery - a whiskey distillery in a former dairy building next to a historic battlefield.
  • The Korsnäs sweater is fascinating because of its unique, colourful and exquisite pattern.
  • Lind’s Kök - a tropical green house restaurant that offers unique culinary experience.
  • The Moor area of Levaneva is a dream for birdwatchers and hikers.
  • The Ensign Ståhl Centre comprises the historical area of the battle of Oravais during the Finnish War in 1808-1809.
  • Stundars is a large open-air museum and a dynamic centre of culture and art.
  • Meteoria Söderfjärden a unique visiting centre in the middle of the most beautiful meteorite crater in Finland

Valuable Natural Heritage

The unique Kvarken Archipelago is Finland's only Natural World Heritage Site on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Together with Sweden's High Coast, the Kvarken Archipelago is the best place in the world to experience and understand the land uplift phenomenon caused by the last Ice Age.

Experience Kvarken

Stories from the Vaasa Region

In the Vaasa region you do not have to choose, because wonderful nature experiences can easily be combined with urban city life during one and the same journey. Everything is near, so going from one mood and experience to another is quick and convenient. Float on the surface or take a deep dive! Experience the Vaasa region your way.

Read the stories

A food journey in the region

Fresh, clean and locally produced food is good for both the health and the environment. In addition to these good qualities, you can learn a lot about the local culture by getting to know the local food culture as a visitor.

Go on a food journey

Municipalities and cities in the Vaasa Region