Rauma, Finland

Rauma (Finnish: [ˈrɑu̯mɑ]; Swedish: Raumo) is a town and municipality of around 39,000 (31 December 2021)[2] inhabitants on the west coast of Finland, 92 kilometres (57 mi) north of Turku, and 50 kilometres (31 mi) south of Pori. Its neighbouring municipalities are Eura, Eurajoki, Laitila and Pyhäranta. Granted town privileges on 17 April 1442 (then under the rule of Sweden), Rauma is known for its paper and maritime industry, high quality lace (since the 18th century) and the old wooden architecture of the city centre (Old Rauma, Vanha Rauma), which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.[6]

Rauman kaupunki
Raumo stad
Rauma in May 2012
Rauma in May 2012
Flag of Rauma
Coat of arms of Rauma
Kyl Raum o ain Raum
Location of Rauma in Finland
Location of Rauma in Finland
Coordinates: 61°08′N 021°30′E / 61.133°N 21.500°E / 61.133; 21.500Coordinates: 61°08′N 021°30′E / 61.133°N 21.500°E / 61.133; 21.500
Country Finland
Sub-regionRauma sub-region
 • Town managerKari Koski
 • Total1,110.12 km2 (428.62 sq mi)
 • Land495.64 km2 (191.37 sq mi)
 • Water614.48 km2 (237.25 sq mi)
 • Rank176th largest in Finland
 • Total38,970
 • Rank28th largest in Finland
 • Density78.63/km2 (203.7/sq mi)
 • Demonym
Raumalainen (Finnish) Raumlaine (Dialect)
Population by native language
 • Finnish98.2% (official)
 • Swedish0.4%
 • Others1.4%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1414.5%
 • 15 to 6459.3%
 • 65 or older26.2%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Municipal tax rate[5]21%
Official nameOld Rauma
Criteriaiv, v
Reference no.582


In the 14th century, before it was declared a town, Rauma had a Franciscan monastery and a Catholic church. In 1550, the townsmen of Rauma were ordered to relocate to Helsinki, but this was unsuccessful and Rauma continued to grow.

Practically the whole wooden part of the town of Rauma was devastated in the fires of 1640 and 1682. The city centre, which was as large as the town was until 1809, has approximately 600 wooden buildings. The neo-renaissance style of many of the houses is a result of prosperity brought on by seafaring. In 1897 Rauma had the largest fleet of sailing boats in Finland, totalling 57 vessels. As the Crimean War broke out in 1853, Rauma was attacked by French Navy and British Navy in 1855 during the Åland War. Goods were mainly exported to Germany, Stockholm and the Baltic states. In the 1890s, Rauma got a teacher's college (a 'seminar'), which was later annexed to the University of Turku. A part of the department of education still exists in Rauma.

The name Rauma comes from the Germanic word strauma, meaning "stream".[7]


Neighborhoods and suburbsEdit

Neighborhoods and suburbs of Rauma include:


Rauma has a humid continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. The marine affect from the Gulf of Bothnia brings both warmth in the winter and cooler temperatures in the summer. And similar to other coastal cities of Finland in the south, the average annual temperature in Rauma is about 6 °C (42.8 °F). On February 3 1966, the lowest ever recorded temperature in central Rauma hit -33.6 °C (-28.5 °F), and the highest temperature record being around 33 °C (91.4 °F) with no clear data, due to the weather station's data having been taken into use only in late 2010's.


After World War II, Rauma developed into an industrial city, the main industries being shipbuilding, paper and pulp mills, and metal industry. Rauma is also the fifth largest port in Finland with almost six million tonnes of shipping per year. Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant is located next to Rauma, in Eurajoki. Near Rauma, there is the static-inverter plant of Fenno-Skan.

In 2019 the biggest tax payers in Rauma were Raumaster, Forchem, Länsi-Suomen Osuuspankki, Oras, Alfa Laval Aalborg and LähiTapiola Lännen.[8]


Population of Rauma 1980–2018
Year Population
42 973
43 564
42 410
42 089
41 001
40 381
39 715
39 809
39 360
Source: Statistics Finland
Number of immigrants in Rauma by country of origin in 2018[9]
Country Number
  Poland 510
  Estonia 296
  Russia 258
  Sweden 207
  Turkey 193
  France 127
  Germany 84
  Latvia 79
  Somalia 76
  Bulgaria 73


Sunset at the port of Rauma

Rauma is located between Turku and Pori by the national road 8 (E8). Finnish national road 12 starts from Rauma and it was extended to the Port of Rauma in 2008.

A railway connection from Kokemäki is in active freight use, as there is a straight connection to the heavy industry areas and to the port of Rauma. The rail passenger traffic ended in 1988.

Satakunnan Liikenne Oy runs the local bus traffic and it has 3 lines in Rauma.[10] The hub for the local buses is located in Savila while the Long distance buses operate from Rauma bus station. The long distance buses take passengers directly to Pori and Turku and to Tampere and Helsinki with one transfer at Huittinen.[11]

The nearest airport is located in Pori. The port of Rauma serves only freight ships on frequent basis.


Rauma has its own dialect of Finnish, "Rauman giäl". The dialect inherits words from languages such as Swedish, English and German due to the seafaring past. The dialect has been diluted into mainstream Finnish in day-to-day use, but it is fairly well studied (mainly by Hj. Nortamo) and practiced as a hobby.

The town also is the birthplace of Raumism, the non-idealist view of the constructed language Esperanto as a vehicle for culture, rather than as an international auxiliary language.

Rauma Maritime Museum in the Rauma Nautical School building was founded in 1999.[12]

Lace WeekEdit

Annual Lace Week has been arranged in Rauma since year 1971. During the Lace week local craftspeople arrange small exhibitions in the Old Rauma area. The Lace week culminates to the Black Lace Night, when the small boutiques are open late night, various shows and concerts are held and people dress in black lace.

Other eventsEdit

  • Music festival RMJ, held in Pori in 2008 and 2009.
  • Classical music festival Festivo
  • Jazz-happening Rauma Summer Jazz
  • Creative and performing music arts festival Klustermus
  • Movie festival Blue Sea Film Festival
  • Blues festival Rauma Blues


Rauman Lukko is the local ice hockey team. Founded in 1936, Lukko plays in Liiga, the top professional league in Finland. Lukko has won the Finnish championship twice, in 1963 and 2021. Their home arena is Äijänsuo Arena. Local football teams are Pallo-Iirot and FC Rauma. These two teams share the same home field at Äijänsuo sports centre. Sea City Storm is an American football team playing in the Finnish American Football Association's 2nd division. Fera is a women's Finnish baseball team, whose home field is the Länsi-Suomi Arena at Otanlahti sports centre. Rauma also has an own orienteering club, Rasti-Lukko, two basketball teams known as Kaaron Roima and Rauma Basket, a rinkball team called UKP and a floorball team named SalBa.


Marina in Rauma, Finland

One popular saying goes that every family in Rauma owns a boat – this is not true, though the city has room for ca. 2,800[13] boats at its docks. People can use their own boats or water buses to get to the Kylmäpihlaja Lighthouse that doubles as a hotel and recreation site. Water buses take people to Reksaari island and former garrison island of Kuuskajaskari. Both islands are in recreational use.

Consolidation of municipalitiesEdit

Rauma and the surrounding municipality of Rauman maalaiskunta ("rural municipality of Rauma") were consolidated in 1993, continued in 2007 with the consolidation of municipality of Kodisjoki. The municipality of Lappi was consolidated to Rauma in 2009.

International relationsEdit

Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit

Rauma is twinned with the following cities and towns:[14]

Panoramic view of Rauma

See alsoEdit

Rauma dialect


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  2. ^ a b "Preliminary population structure by area, 2021M01*-2021M12*". StatFin (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Population according to language and the number of foreigners and land area km2 by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
  4. ^ "Population according to age (1-year) and sex by area and the regional division of each statistical reference year, 2003–2020". StatFin. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  5. ^ "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2021" (PDF). Tax Administration of Finland. 1 December 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Old Rauma". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Retrieved 25 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Keskiaika - Suomen kaupungit keskiajalla". Archived from the original on 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2011-09-16.
  8. ^ "Rauman seudulla paljon suuria yhteisöveron maksajia: Raumaster, Forchem, Osuuspankki, Oras ja niin edelleen". LS24 (in Finnish). 2019-11-04. Retrieved 2021-05-27.
  9. ^ "Väestö 31.12. Muuttujina Alue, Taustamaa, Sukupuoli, Vuosi ja Tiedot".
  10. ^ "Local bus timetables" (in Finnish). Satakunnan Liikenne. Retrieved 2009-11-04.
  11. ^ "Long distance bus timetables" (in Finnish). Satakunnan Liikenne. Retrieved 2009-11-04.[dead link]
  12. ^ Museum Archived August 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Finnish Maritime Administration Archived April 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine August 19, 2008 – Boating in Finland and its economic impacts
  14. ^ "Ystävyys- ja kumppanuuskaupungit" (in Finnish). City of Rauma. Retrieved 23 August 2019.

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