The Franciscan monastery was here probably already when the town received its city rights to make trade in 1442. This church has served both catholics and lutherans.
The impressive wall paintings are from when the church was inaugurated in 1512.
A few years later, during the reformation of 1538, the monks had to leave the country. The church was re-established as a Lutheran church 100 years later, when the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity was destroyed by fire in 1640.
Here is a quick translation to our media report about the survey we had in June. The article was published on July 14th, 2020 in Länsi- Suomi newspaper and it’s online version. Available online here.
“Foreigner moving to Rauma needs local support network: International Rauma survey reveals everyday problems“
“I’m sitting at home now, because I don’t know the language and I don’t know where I can find information about cultural events. Before moving here, I lived a socially active life. Actually any activity is good.”
This is how foreigners living in Rauma commented in a survey that was conducted on Facebook and Instagram by the International Rauma (founded by Mona Elo).
The survey of Elo, a Danish student studying international trade at SAMK, was conducted at the beginning of June during one week and involved 100 foreigners living in Rauma.
Elo originally founded the International Rauma group to improve the connection between the international students and companies in Rauma. Since then, the group has expanded to include non-students.
Local contacts important
According to the survey, more than 2,000 foreigners live in Rauma. They are mostly young (more than half are aged 31-40). Based on the survey, they would like to meet local people, learn more about the Finnish language and need more information about hobbies.
They need more guidance in English, for example at a health center.
Noëmie Le Forestier, a French woman, who was at the yard of the art museum with her child, agrees that more information should be available in English. She made a French-language website to help other people moving to Rauma.
– I was pretty lost when we moved here a year ago, says le Forestier.
About one-seventh of respondents were unemployed: they felt they needed more courses to enter the job market.
– Many jobseekers needed help to make a job application and CV, Mona Elo states.
International Rauma was already organizing a seminar in spring, where foreigners would have had the opportunity to get a feel for local companies and hear tips on entering the labor market.
– Corona postponed the Thonkathon event. It is open to everyone and will now take place in the autumn, Elo says.
Demand for a spare grandmother
According to Kairi Rintanen, an Estonian who wrote about the survey to the media, foreign families also need a local support network, a Finnish family member who would teach how to make Finnish food and find, for example, baking powder on the store shelf.
– That is not a need for a young babysitter, but for a grandmother type of a person who would teach life wisdom and play with children every now and then.
Rintanen has in her mind been running the paid “Rent a Grandmother” service.
– If there are extra grandmothers somewhere, we need them, she smiles.
Getting out of home
Some of the foreigners have come to Rauma alone. According to the survey they would want to have company for a sports activity or a local trip. Joint outdoor activities would give an opportunity to meet other people.
Foreigners also need guidance on everyone’s rights. Some were unsure of where to get their fish and pick berries and mushrooms.
– Here would be an opportunity for nature guides to sell tours to local foreigners, Rintanen suggests.
Now that people had time to clean their cupboards during the corona break and they feel like selling and buying new things, second hand shops are very popular again!
Rauma is a small town, hence people do not have an access to huge shops and they go to the flea markets, especially to buy the kids’ clothes and old Finnish dishes. For some it is an ecological way of life.
Besides the shops listed here for tourists, there are a number of online Rauma flea markets on facebook. The best known online market in Finland is tori.fi, that is totally free to use.
Eveliina, Monnankatu 39 ( a little bit away from city center, but still a busy place in Kourujärve living area)
Kirpputori-Kahvio Radanvarsi, Rautatienkatu 6 (near the railway; couple of flea markets next to each ohter in old railway warehouses)
The flea market of the salvation army is now called Peippo Kirppis. Located near the old town, at Savilankatu 9
The three flea market shops (Ala-puoti, Ylä-puoti and Soffakammari) of the Finnish Red Cross, Karjalankatu 15 (this is a place I take old clothes to and the Red Cross gets money as they sell it). Now called Kirpputori Puoti ja Wanhat Tawarat?
Kasitien kirppis, not in Rauma, but Kangasnummentie 1, Eurajoki (people say they have found good deals)
So how does it work if you want to sell at kirppis (the Finnish word for flea shop)? You rent a box for a week for about 20 euros. You tag your products with a paper, that refers to the product / size, its cost and box number. The cashier collects your papers, when people buy and weekly gives you the money. All money you make is yours, but make sure you sell more than you pay rent, hahaa. No need to pay taxes from this revenue. Sometimes shopkeepers sell your things for you and they get 40% of the sales. This way you do not have to pay the cupboard rent, neither make your box look nice. The flea market owner makes extra money buy selling things bought from old houses and with a coffee corner.
The best hiking trails in Rauma can be found in the biggest islands in Rauma archipelago: Nurmes and Reksaari. The marked hiking routes can be explored either independently or with an instructor. Resting places along the trails have lean-to shelters (laavu), outhouses, campfire places and firewood. There are both easy and more challenging hiking trails in the archipelago.
Now that people spend a lot of time outside, it is good to know where to go for a lakeside sauna. The saunas are all closed now, but most of these yards are open for public to grill and spend outdoor time. Public gatherings are not allowed in this corona time.
The city of Rauma has seven lakeside saunas, which are open for public during the summer time, from June to August. The saunas are also available for rent during 1.5.-30.9, with the lakeside sauna of Tenhonperä being an exception.
The saunas of Lappi and Kaljasjärvi are usually available for rent all year around, but now closed due to the corona virus situation.
Lakeside sauna of Kaljasjärvi – the sauna is closed due to corona, but it is ok to go for a lakeside grill. Tuesday and Thursday at 18-21 Sunday at 16-20. Fee 2 € /adult and 1 €/ children.
It does not have to be a touristic spot to visit. I love walking in the flower shops / greenhouses and this one looks so special. Viherkäine OY has design products for home, antiques, flowers, trees and sometimes there is a café corner.
A local couple with a gardening background, Kari and Kirsi Sjöroos , found a nice onion field in the Rauma city center. They bought the premises and turned the greenhouses into a shop in 1988. They opened a company called Viherkäine OY, which means “green” in Rauma language.
They offer gardening services to private and business clients. Their machinery clean the city roads. The retail side is just a side business and hence it does look quiet in there. I hope they get more customers now that the post packages can be collected from there.
And I just walk there and wonder like Alice in Wonderland. Where am I? Is it ok to walk here without buying anything 🙂
You see two sculptures of the local Rauma artist Kerttu Horila in the following gallery. The company website
He was smart and she was pretty. Rafael Lönnström was asked to move his ammunition factory further away from Helsinki in 1930ies. He chose Rauma. Far enough (from Russia), but not too far from civilization. His wife Teresia could take shopping trips from Turku to Stockholm.
After the war, the main focus of operations shifted to water fixtures, and the Lönnström companies developed into a major player in metal industry in Rauma. Their factories used half of the electricity produced in Rauma! Remember, electricity came in 1900 and there wasn’t enough of it.
The way they met was romantic, but it’s another story. Go see their home and you still feel their presence.
She adopted her sister’s daughter, who worked as an accountant for the company. She died only a few years after Teresia. They traveled abroad, loved photography and collecting arts. She left huge funds to the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Foundation for Economic Education.
government of Rauma is represented by such professions as a chef, a nurse, a
police constable, a pharmacist, a school lecturer, a curator, a product engineer,
a stevedore and a number of salesmen and entrepreneurs. As a rule, the city government
meets every Monday.
The chairman of the city government is a social democrat Kalle Leppikorpi. We see him in the newspapers commenting on city decisions and we see him at the store working as a security guard the other half time! So I caught him with a camera to ask a few questions. Rauma city government members (see here)
He said he liked
working that way, partly as a spokesman and partly doing something else. He has
small kids at home, whom he can take care of from now and then when mother is
Finland is a
country of gender and profession equality. All of the professions are respected
and paid accordingly. If it were only politicians at the city government, their
decisions could be far from realistic.
Rauma city council has 43 councilors and they get together on the last Monday of each month. 18 members of the city council are members of the currently Finnish leading Social Democratic party (that is led by Antti Rinne).
The Prime Minister
of Finland, Antti Rinne, is actually planning to visit Rauma quite soon, on
August 9th. He has a speech at the Rauma Marketplace (in front of the town
hall) from 6 pm to 7 pm. People sing and coffee is served.
You have seen the human like sculptures in Rauma .. woman with a handbag sitting in front of the Art Museum, three women swimming in the channel, the lady reading a bible at the church .. and so many more places. One is hidden behind a fence. I show this at my tour.
But now during this lace week you can see so much more as she opens her yard and studio to the public! Definitely go visit her place at Länsikatu 7 in old Rauma . She might even be sitting on her terrace.
It’s not just figures. They have fantastic expressions! Modern and surprising. A little bit theatrical.
I only saw one price tag, so I guess she does not sell any of her work these days and hence her studio is usually closed.