According to Tilastokeskus there are over 2200 foreigners in Rauma (as of 2018) in a town of almost 40 000 inhabitants.
Most of the foreigners are building the third nuclear power plant in Eurajoki. Many are working as subcontractors at the Rauma Marine Construction and other industrial sites.
People from Poland, Estonia, France, Turkey, Latvia, China, Bulgaria and Germany are most represented countries in Rauma. And Africans in general.
I have no idea what the former Soviet Union means in this table, cause it is not Estonia 🙂
Which country are you from and do you regularly meet people of your nationality?
We have the Estonian club in Laitila each Saturday. Originally it was meant for kids to speak in their language and play, while moms were having coffee. Now we have a more variable program. We plan to start teaching kids Estonian language.
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.
The most wellknown is Löylymestari in Syväraumanlahti near the small yacht harbor. The mixed sauna is spacious, and it can accommodate approximately 40-50 bathers at a time. There are separate dressing and shower rooms for women and men. Beverages can be bought from the cashier. There is a spacious jacuzzi and a hot tub on the terrace (available on request) and from the dock you can go to swim. During the winter time, there is a hole in the ice for winter swimming.
A sauna with a pool at Johtola This unique milieu has the atmosphere of cartridge time. The sauna can accommodate up to 10 persons. The sauna also has a large swimming pool. Sauna catering can be ordered when making a sauna reservation.
And something unque -> Tall Ship Brig Gerda’s sauna Brig Gerda is Finland’s largest seaworthy sailing ship and additionally the only square-rigged sailing ship in Finland. The ship is anchored in the harbour of Poroholma Holiday Centre. Gerda’s sauna is suitable for 6 persons. Captain’s cabinet can accommodate 10 persons. There is also a swimming pier. You may bring your own food and drinks to the premises.
Visit the medieval part of Turku at Aboa Vetus museum. The city had a big fire in 1827, but its medieval stone cellars and paths can still be seen, cause these were buried under the ground when a garden was built. The oldest parts dating back to end of 14th century.
The information is easy to read (Finnish, English, Swedish). Kids have a play area after each stand. There is a modern cafe place in the museum house. I did not have time to go to the art museum, though.
Although not in Rauma, Naantali spa is one of the best known spas in Finland. It is luxurious and one of the closest to Rauma.
Hopefully Rauma gets its own spa one day, just like it had one over 100 years ago.
I met families with 3 different holiday budgets. A family of 4 had paid a website price of about 200e for the Moomi room in the spa building. The timeshare owner that paid 150e for 5 nights for 2 and extra for the breakfast and spa. And another lucky one with his employer’s discount price of 250e for 2 nights for the 2 room flat in the nearby residence. An additional -50% for the extras such as 10e per spa visit and breakfast for adults makes it close to 200e per night, I guess.
The hotel had a restaurant on the down floor. Two play areas for kids staying at the hotel, although restaurant visitors were trying to get in too. Several pools and hot tubs at the spa, also outside. And it did not feel cold! Holiday Club often invites people to the hotel with a 50e per night deal, but it includes a marketing event for such timeshare investments in hotels (as mentioned before).
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.
Tapio Niemi and his wife have
a private museum in Old Rauma. They open it for the public to see for free.
Often do I get a request from visitors to see a yard in the old town. So when
you come for a tour, I try to get you to see the pearls of Eteläpitkäkatu 30.
The homes those days weren’t so overloaded with things, I guess. But it is wonderful to see all that. Feels like a home, not a museum.
The storage rooms had a toilet on second floor, with dirt falling on first floor. The excrement of domestic animals were collected there as well. Remember, the sewage system came in 1935.Imagine sitting there next to your neighbor and discussing daily politics. Or why else would it be 4 seats next to each other?
It is called a WÄLMLÄ HOME MUSEUM, but they have no website.
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.