Welcome to Rauma
In the Middle Ages Rauma’s lacemakers ignored King Gustav Wasa’s order to move to Helsinki to boost the capital’s industry. By the 18th century Rauma (Swedish: Raumo) was a thriving trade centre, thanks to the European fashion for lace-trimmed bonnets. Locals still turn out the delicate material, and celebrate their lacemaking heritage with an annual festival.
You might hear snatches of Rauman giäl, the local dialect that mixes English, Estonian, German and other languages that worked their way into the lingo from Rauma’s intrepid sailors. Rauma remains an important shipping centre, transporting Finnish paper around the world.