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Southwest Finland

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.
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Shopping Mall
Turun Kauppahalli Turku
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Castle
Turku Castle Turku
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Turku
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Turku Cathedral Turku
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Southwest Finland

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Military Museum
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre Turku
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Art Museum
Turku Art Museum Turku
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House Turku
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo Turku
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Southwest Finland

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Shopping Mall
Kauppakeskus Mylly Raisio
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
Theme Park
Vaski Adventure Island Naantali
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna Turku
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Arctic Museum Nanoq Pietarsaari
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Southwest Finland

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Lighthouse
Bengtskar Lighthouse Rosala
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Archangel Michael's church Turku
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Naantali Church Naantali
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Lighthouse
Isokari Lighthouse Uusikaupunki
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Nature in Southwest Finland

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National Park
Archipelago National Park Kimito Island
4.8
Duration: 8 hours
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National Park
Teijo National Park Pernio
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
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National Park
Kurjenrahka National Park Poytya
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
Water Body
Pargas Lime Stone Quarry Pargas
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Southwest Finland

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Shopping Mall
Kauppakeskus Skanssi Turku
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Factory Outlet
Muurla Design Marketing Oy Salo
3.2
Duration: 1h 30 min