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
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.
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.
An amazing opportunity to see and try bobbin lace making during the Rauma Lace Week! Go to Vanha Opisto at Vähäkoulunkatu 8 in old Rauma (across the river from the Church of the Holy Cross). Free entrance 🙂