15 Facts About Lappeenranta


Lappeenranta is a city and municipality in the region of South Karelia, about 30 kilometres from the Russian border and 64 kilometres from the town of Vyborg .

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Lappeenranta is a model for renewable energies and a clean living environment.

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Lappeenranta was the only Finnish city among the 14 finalists in the international Earth Hour City Challenge 2014, organized by WWF.

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In 2009, Lappeenranta was rated the fourth best in the comparison of the largest Finnish cities, while in the 2008 survey Lappeenranta was ranked fifth.

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Between 1721 and 1743, Lappeenranta was the capital of Kymmenegard and Nyslott County and during this period the Swedes built the fortress out in stages.

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Lappeenranta incorporated the neighbouring municipalities of Lappee and Lauritsala on 1 January 1967, Nuijamaa on 1 January 1989, Joutseno on 1 January 2009, and Ylamaa on 1 January 2010.

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The history of Lappeenranta includes the rural municipality of Lappee and the hundred Lapvesi.

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Lappeenranta is known as a summer city, mostly due to its closeness to the Lake Saimaa.

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Lappeenranta is closer to Saint Petersburg than it is to Helsinki, the capital of Finland .

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Lappeenranta has several sports teams playing in top levels of Finnish sports leagues.

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In women's sports Catz Lappeenranta plays basketball and Pesa Ysit plays Finnish baseball, both in the top leagues of the nation.

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Lappeenranta is connected to neighbouring cities and municipalities by road.

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Lappeenranta is a commercial centre of South-East Finland and the meeting point of the EU and Russia, 215 kilometres from both Helsinki and St Petersburg.

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Lappeenranta has numerous schools at almost all levels of education, including the LUT University, LAB University of Applied Sciences, located in a shared Skinnarila campus of around 8000 students, the Army Academy, South Karelia Vocational College and South Karelia Adult Education Centre.

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Lappeenranta is the setting for Bordertown, the Finnish police drama broadcast by Netflix.

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