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"Lappeenranta" () is a city and municipality that resides on the shore of the lake Saimaa in South-Eastern Finland, about from the Russian border. It belongs to the region of South Karelia. With approximately round -3}}}} inhabitants ( }}) Lappeenranta is the }} largest city in Finland. The neighboring municipality of Joutseno was consolidated with Lappeenranta on January 1, 2009, and the neighboring municipality of Ylämaa on January 1, 2010.

The town was chartered in 1649 by Queen Christina of Sweden, legitimizing the trade at the then popular marketplace of Lapvesi.

In 1741 the battle of Villmanstrand was fought between the Swedish and Russian armies in the Russo-Swedish War of 1741–1743. The battle ended in a Russian victory.

Lappeenranta has numerous schools at almost all levels of education, including the Lappeenranta University of Technology, South Karelia University of Applied Sciences, the Army Academy (branch of the Finnish Defence Forces), South Karelia Vocational College and South Karelia Adult Education Centre.

Lappeenranta is connected to its neighbor cities and municipalities by road, with railways heading to south and north.

During the summer season, when Lake Saimaa and Saimaa Canal are accessible by ships, there is a ship connection from Lappeenranta to Vyborg, Russia.

There is also a mid-size airport at Lappeenranta, which on a busy day serves circa 30 aircraft per day. From April 1st, 2010, Ryanair will start regular flights between Lappeenranta and Düsseldorf-Weeze airport in Germany.

The city"s main employers are the City of Lappeenranta, UPM-Kymmene, South Karelia Central Hospital, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Paroc, Nordkalk, VR-Group, Fazer, The Armed Forces and Larox.

A large portion of the people working in Lappeenranta live in the neighbouring municipalities, mainly Taipalsaari, Lemi and Savitaipale.

Lappeenrannan Veiterä, or just Veiterä, plays in the highest bandy division and has been Finnish champion 4 times. The city hosted the first ever Bandy World Championships for women in 2004.

Finland-Norway at the Bandy World Championships for Women, 2004.

Notable people
* Koop Arponen – singer and winner of the "fourth series" of the "Idols" in 2008.
* Laila Hirvisaari (formerly Laila Hietamies) - novelist, has written a novel series about Lappeenranta and its people
* Kari Jormakka - distinguished Professor of Architecture Theory at Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
* Kotiteollisuus – popular hard rock band
* Arvi Lind – legendary Finnish TV news reader
* Mokoma – a thrash metal band
* Hanna Pakarinen – the first Idols winner in Finland came from Lappeenranta
* Christian Ruuttu – ice hockey player in the NHL in USA
* Vesa Vierikko – Finnish actor

Autumn in Lappeenranta
Lappeenranta is known as a summer city, mostly due to its closeness to the Lake Saimaa. In addition, its inland location means that summers tend to be warmer and winters colder than along the coastal areas.

Lappeenranta, however, does have a healthy winter tourism industry. Various cabins around Lake Saimaa, as well as numerous snowmobile, skiing and sledding tracks draw a fair number of winter visitors.

The proximity of the Russian border is increasingly visible in the number of Russian tourists visiting the city. In fact, Lappeenranta is closer (211 km) to Saint Petersburg than Helsinki, the capital of Finland (380 km). The presence of Russians is noticeable by the many Russian registered cars on the streets and the use of signs in shops with Cyrillic letters.

Places and events
* The old fortress, with a number of museums, cafés and the oldest Russian Orthodox church in Finland.
* The harbour area, with cruises to Vyborg and the nearby Saimaa Canal.
* The central market place, where you can enjoy the local specialities, such as meat pies known as "Atomi" (atom) or "Vety" (hydrogen).
* The Night of The Fort, a two-day cultural festival held in early August.
* The annual Lappeenranta National Singing Contest.
* The "Huvisatama" (pleasure harbour) offers a wide variety of amusement during the summer.
* There are two private cinema theatre in Lappeenranta: Kino-Aula and Nuijamies.

nternational relation

win towns — Sister citie
Lappeenranta is twinned with:
* Rakvere, Estonia
* Stykkisholmur, Iceland
* Drammen, Norway
* Örebro, Sweden
* Kolding, Denmark
* Klin, Russia
* Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
* Szombathely, Hungary
* Lake Worth, United States


External links

*  – Official site
* at Google Maps
* (press "ilmakuva"). Much more detail than in Google"s service.

Picture Gallery

Image:Lappeenranta Kauppakatu 1.jpg|Kauppakatu street
Image:Lapp1.JPG|Memorial at Lappeenranta to the dead of the Winter and Continuation Wars
Image:Lapp2.JPG|Port of Lappeenranta by day
Image:Harbour_autumn.jpg|Lappeenranta harbour in the middle of autumn.

Category:Cities and towns in Finland
Category:Municipalities of South Karelia Region

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