Pori Travel Guide, Finland
An overview of Pori, Finland
Pori, Finland is a city founded in 1558 on the Kokemaenjoki river’s mouth. Traditionally a port and an industrial city, it has rapidly grown into a students’ city. The strong ties of the city with culture have kept it vigorous and spirited for centuries.
How to get there: Pori has been linked via Highway 2 to Helsinki and there are many service stations and towns including Huittinen, Humppila, Forssa and Karkkila on the way. The bus company is the Expressbus and 20 buses are run every day that cater to Pori. The train company is the VR and there are two direct trains from Helsinki to Pori every day. The Pori airport is situated only 2 kms outside the city center and the nearest international airport is Tampere Pirkkala Airport. You can hire local buses to get around the town.
What to do there: The most popular attraction of Pori is the music festival that is held there every year in summer since the year 1966. The Pori art gallery has various exhibitions for modern art every year. The Satakunta Museum covers life and archaeology of Satakunta region and the collection has been held on 3 floors. The Finnkio multi-screen cinema situated in Promenadi centre of Yrjnkatu is a modern 5-screen cinema showing all major releases. Porin Kaupunginkirjasto or the Pori City Library is a popular library of Pori. The churches of Pori are also a great place to spend your time.
Sports: The popular sports of Pori are ice hockey, golf, football, horse racing and floor ball. There are two golf courses around Pori where people can visit world class golf. Porin Ravirata is a local horse racing track in Pori where you may find Finnish horses of several breeds.
If you are a beer enthusiast, the Porin Olut brewery is only half km. away from the market square. Situated on the western coast of Finland, the essential characteristic of the city is its years old history of trade. The port took in good and people from various distant lands and people have soon learned to value the possibilities of international trade. The river passing through the city has drawn visitors from far and near parts of the world. Due to all this, Pori people have become quite hospitable and friendly.
Being the 10th biggest city of Finland, it provides a diverse range of welfare and everyday services including education, health care, cultural and leisure activities.
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