Welcome to Hamina
Located just 40km from the Russian border, Hamina has long been a military town. The town was founded in 1653 as a Swedish outpost, but it was largely destroyed during the Great Northern War. After Vyborg fell to Russia, Swedish king Frederick I began to rebuild the town in 1722, renaming it Fredrikshamn (as it's still known in Swedish today). At this time, construction began on the star-shaped fortifications and the circular Old Town, all designed by Axel Löwen. Alas, the fortress did not prevent Hamina's capture in 1743, and the town returned to Russian hands.
Today there’s a modern military base in Hamina and the whole town is on parade for the semiannual Hamina Tattoo. And there's a visible Russian presence still (or again).