The rural municipality of Porvoo

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November 30, 2021

The rural municipality of Porvoo (abbreviated as Porvoo mlk, Swedish: Borgå landskommun) was a Finnish municipality located in Eastern Uusimaa. At the beginning of 1997, the city of Porvoo and the countryside of Porvoo were transformed into the new city of Porvoo. The countryside of Porvoo was a countryside located around the city of Porvoo. It was located in the Porvoo region in the area of ​​the former Eastern Uusimaa and the current Uusimaa province in the province of Uusimaa. The other neighboring municipalities were Askola, Myrskylä, Pernaja, Pornainen and Sipoo. Prior to its closure, Porvoo's rural area had a land area of ​​635.3 square kilometers (1 January 1996) and a population of 22,160 (31 December 1995), of which 37.3 per cent were in Swedish. The countryside of Porvoo was bilingual, like the city of Porvoo today. The rural municipality of Porvoo did not have its own Evangelical Lutheran congregation, but it and the city of Porvoo had a common Finnish-speaking congregation and a Swedish-speaking church congregation. On January 28, 1996, a referendum was held in Porvoo countryside and the city of Porvoo on the municipal association. 55.9 per cent of those who voted in the countryside of Porvoo and 63.6 per cent of those who voted in the city of Porvoo were in favor of the municipal association. The turnout was 72.2 per cent in Porvoo and 62.4 per cent in Porvoo. According to the election results, on January 1, 1997, the Porvoo countryside formed a new municipality called the City of Porvoo with the then city of Porvoo. The largest agglomerations in the Porvoo rural area are Eestinmäki, Gammelbacka, Hamari and Tolkkinen. Kilpilahti has a nationally significant oil refinery and a deepwater port. The Tolkkinen sawmill is also a significant company in the area. In addition to these, there are several historic mansions in the area, the most famous of which are Haikko Manor, Kiiala Manor and Sannäs Manor. The rural area of ​​Porvoo also has a lot of summer settlements. Jansson had a summer cottage in the outer archipelago of Porvoo. Villages and agglomerations Ali-Vekkoski (Söderveckoski), Anttila, Emäsalo (Emsalö), Eestinmäki (Estbacka), Gammelbacka, Hamari, Ilola (Illby), Kardrag, Kerkkoo (Kerko), Kråkö, Kulloo (Kullo), Mikkelinkylä (Mickelsböle), (Pellinge), Tolkkinen, Uddas, Vessölandet, Vålax and Överveckoski.

Attractions

In the former area of ​​the Porvoo countryside, attractions include e.g. Albert Edelfelt's studio. Ilolan Postimäki

Famous people from the countryside of Porvoo

Lauri Lehtinen (1908–1973), endurance runner and Olympic champion in the 5,000-meter run Jussi Saramo (b. 1979), Chairman of the Left Youth and Chairman of the Porvoo City Council Group of the Left Alliance

Sources

Elsewhere on this topic Arto Haveri and Kaija Majoinen: “4.3 Porvoo”, Change processes and leadership - how do municipalities unite ?, p. 55. Suomen Kuntaliitto, 2000. ISBN 952-213-093-1.

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