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Kotka, Finland


Kotka hosted the Tall Ships Races in 1992 and 2007. The route to the City Port of Kotka leads through the most beautiful archipelago of the eastern region of the Baltic Sea.

Finland celebrates its 100th year jubilee in 2017, and the Tall Ships Races will be its biggest public event.

Kotka is the second-largest city in Kymenlaakso County, Finland. It’s located on the coast of the Baltic Sea in the Gulf of Finland, at the estuary of Kymi River. Kotka is known for its port, industry and Maritime festival. It’s also a multifaceted city of educational institutions and culture.

Kotka is the only Finnish city located on an island, and this has defined the city’s character. The port of Hamina Kotka is the biggest universal, export and transhipment port in Finland. The Kymi River is famous for fishing, with its salmon, pike, whitefish, perch, and pikeperch. There are also many possibilities to embrace numerous sea-focused attractions, and even shoot the rapids in the river.

The city welcomes the Tall Ships Races participants and the general public. It boasts a number of recreational activities and a diverse cultural program for visitors. Kotka is known for its rich art, culture and sports, and invites the festival crowd to participate in all activities.

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