Lappeenranta, Finland, South Karelia
The town of Lappeenranta (58 000 inhabitants) is located in South Karelia, between the southern rim of the Saimmaa lake territory and the border to Russia. It is a university town and the touristic, economic and cultural centre of southeast Finland.
A cruise on lake Saimaa is one of the tourist attractions, beside the port, the marketplace and the old fortress.
Lappeenranta, a border town, has a complex history. Due to its port, the town had a central function in medieval trade. Lappeenranta received its town charter under the Swedish rule in 1649. About a hundred years later, the town was taken by the Russian Czar and reintegrated into Finland only much later, in 1811.
Administrative connections are joined by a student exchange programme, groups from Hall may visit Lappeenranta or groups from Lappeenranta (theatrical or music) are coming to Schwäbisch Hall. The German-Finnish society in Lappeenranta, led by Mr Helmut Lange, is particularly active.
Lappeenranta has an idyllic environment, offering many options of activities for watersports and friends of nature.
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