Place:Hämeenlinna, Häme, Finland

Alt namesHämeenlinnasource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Tavastehussource: Wikipedia
Hämeenlinnasource: Wikipedia
Coordinates61°N 24.417°E
Located inHäme, Finland     ( - 1997)
Also located inKanta-Häme, Etelä-Suomi, Finland    
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Hämeenlinna is a city and municipality of about inhabitants[1] in the heart of the historical province of Häme in the south of Finland. Hämeenlinna is the oldest inland city of Finland and was one of the most important Finnish cities until the 19th century. It still remains an important regional center.

Hämeenlinna is the birthplace of composer Jean Sibelius. Today, it belongs to the region of Tavastia Proper (Kanta-Häme), and before 2010 it was the residence city for the Governor of the province of Southern Finland. Nearby cities include the capital Helsinki, Tampere and Lahti.

The medieval Häme Castle is located in the city.

Aulanko nature reserve has a network of trails and a great view of a national landscape.

The municipalities of Hauho, Kalvola, Lammi, Renko and Tuulos were consolidated with Hämeenlinna on 1 January 2009.


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There was a settlement called Vanaja by the lake Vanajavesi where the city now stands since the Viking Age. The castle was built in the late 13th century to secure Swedish power in central Finland. A village was established near Häme Castle to provide services and goods to its inhabitants.

The village was granted city rights in 1639 and soon after that the King of Sweden moved it one kilometre south to the hill on which it still stands.

The city is known for its schools and academies where many famous Finns have studied. Schools, government and the military have characterised Hämeenlinna's life throughout history.

Finland's first railway line opened between Hämeenlinna and Helsinki in 1862. The current Hämeenlinna railway station ( in Finnish) was built in 1921.

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