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Porvoo Finland is the second oldest town of the country. The Old Town is featured by the cobblestone streets and the charismatic red wooden buildings along the river Porvoo. Until 1st January 1997 the city of Porvoo and the Rural Municipality of Porvoo were united. The placed is an eye-catching spot for the tourists. The history of Porvoo dates a long time back. Initially the Porvoo castle was built on the hills. In the 13th century the Porvoo parish and the church were founded. To dominate the town the church was built high on the top of the hill.

The birth of Porvoo Finland happened when the people of the surrounding places used to come to the junction of the sea and the river to buy and sell their commodities. It became as a centre for the exchange of goods and thus the rich and influential merchants of the place were responsible for the planning of the town. A seat of local administration and trade activities, along with a market place and a town hall were also set up in Porvoo.

In the year 1740 Porvoo was inhabited by 1600 persons. It became a culturally significant town in Finland after the Uusikaupunki Peace in the year 1721. Albert Edelfelt was Porvoo's renowned artist. In the new city of Porvoo high precedence is given on the eminence of environmental protection and effective town planning.

Till date the population of Porvoo is about 47,000 people. The town has become a booming centre for economic growth and upliftment. It is a bilingual town where 33 percent people speak Swedish. The majority of the people in Porvoo earn their source of revenue from services and trade. Very few people work in the industrial sector. Porvoo is also an eye-catching tourist destination. Porvoo is the place which formed home to Finland,s greatest poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg.

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