Welcome to East of Helsinki

The Russian influence is palpable all along this stretch of coast, as the 1743 Treaty of Åbo made much of this territory part of that eastern empire. Orthodox churches occupy prominent spots in most towns (alongside their Lutheran counterparts); other sites such as Hamina's town hall and Langikoski Fishing Lodge reflect this history of Russian rule. Nowadays the (relatively) open border means that Russians are again a prominent presence – now as tourists and investors rather than occupiers.

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East of Helsinki in detail