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Joensuu

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Gardens · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. It was founded in 1848. The population of Joensuu is, although the economic region of Joensuu has a population of 115,000.Joensuu is a lively student city with a subsidiary of the University of Eastern Finland, where over 15,000 students are enrolled, and a further 4,000 students at the North Karelia University of Applied Sciences.The largest employers are the municipal City of Joensuu, North Karelian Hospital District Federation of Municipalities, Abloy and Punamusta.The European Forest Institute, the University and many other institutes and export enterprises such as Abloy and John Deere Forestry give Joensuu an international flavour. Joensuu is as typical of cities in Eastern Finland monolingually Finnish.HistoryThe city of Joensuu, which was founded by the Czar Nicholas I of Russia in 1848, is the regional centre and the capital of North Karelia. During the 19th century Joensuu was a city of manufacture and commerce. When in 1860 the city received dispensation rights to initiate commerce, former restrictions against industry were removed and the local sawmills began to prosper and expand. Water traffic was improved by the building and opening of the Saimaa Canal in 1856. Consequently, a lively commerce between the regions of North Karelia, St. Petersburg and Central Europe was enabled. At the end of the 19th century Joensuu was one of the largest harbour cities in Finland.
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Landmark
Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla
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Specialty Museum
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma
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Art Museum
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni
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Hiking Trail
Ukko-Koli Hill Koli National Park
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Castle
Olavinlinna Castle Savonlinna
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Religious Site
New Valamo Monastery Heinavesi
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Specialty Museum
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum Punkaharju
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Hidden gems in Joensuu

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Religious Site
Joensuu Church
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Religious Site
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Kauppakeskus Iso Myy
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Duration: 30 minutes
Beach
Utra Beach
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Shopping in Joensuu

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Flea Market
Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market)
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Nature in Joensuu

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Forest
Kolvananuuro
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Duration: 4 hours

Beaches in Joensuu

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Honkaniemi Beach
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Duration: 1h 30 min