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A hotel in Porvoo is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Porvoo hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Porvoo are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Porvoo hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Porvoo hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Porvoo have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Porvoo
An upscale full service hotel facility in Porvoo that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Porvoo hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Porvoo
Full service Porvoo hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Porvoo
Boutique hotels of Porvoo are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Porvoo boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Porvoo may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Porvoo
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Porvoo travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Porvoo focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Porvoo
Small to medium-sized Porvoo hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Porvoo traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Porvoo hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Porvoo
A bed and breakfast in Porvoo is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Porvoo bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Porvoo B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Porvoo
Porvoo hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Porvoo hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Porvoo
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Porvoo hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Porvoo lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Porvoo
Porvoo timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Porvoo often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Porvoo on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Porvoo
A Porvoo motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Porvoo for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Porvoo motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Porvoo - Borgå
Porvoon kaupunki
Borgå stad
Riverside storage buildings in Old Porvoo in July 2004
Riverside storage buildings in Old Porvoo in July 2004
Coat of arms of Porvoo - Borgå
Coat of arms
Coordinates:  / 60.39444; 25.66389  / 60.39444; 25.66389
Country Finland
Region Uusimaa
Sub-region Porvoo sub-region
City rights ca. 1380
• City manager Jukka-Pekka Ujula
Area (2016-01-01)
• Total 654.42 km (252.67 sq mi)
• Land 654.70 km (252.78 sq mi)
• Water 1,484.49 km (573.16 sq mi)
Area rank 131st largest in Finland
Population (2016-03-31)
• Total 50,037
• Rank 21st largest in Finland
• Density 76.43/km (198.0/sq mi)
Population by native language
• Finnish 64.9% (official)
• Swedish 31.6% (official)
• Others 3.5%
Population by age
• 0 to 14 18.5%
• 15 to 64 67%
• 65 or older 14.5%
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
• Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Municipal tax rate 19.25%
Climate Dfb
Website www.porvoo.fi

Porvoo - Borgå (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈporʋoː]; Swedish: Borgå [ˈbɔrɡo], in English sometimes written as Porvo) is a city and a municipality situated on the southern coast of Finland approximately 50 kilometres (30 mi) east of Helsinki. Porvoo is one of the six medieval towns in Finland, first mentioned as a city in texts from 14th century. Porvoo is the seat of the Swedish-speaking Diocese of Borgå of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

The municipality's official languages are Finnish and Swedish. In 2014, 64.6% of the population spoke Finnish as their mother tongue, while 30.1% were Swedish speakers. 5.4% had a different mother tongue.

Neighbouring municipalities: Askola, Loviisa, Myrskylä, Pornainen and Sipoo.

Porvoo: History

Porvoo was first mentioned in documents in the early 14th century, and Porvoo was given city rights around 1380, even though according to some sources the city was founded in 1346. The old city of Porvoo was formally disestablished and the new city of Porvoo founded in 1997 when the city of Porvoo and the Rural municipality of Porvoo were consolidated. When Sweden lost the city of Viborg to Russia in 1721, the episcopal seat was moved to Porvoo. At this time, Porvoo was the second largest city in Finland. After the conquest of Finland by Russian armies in 1808 Sweden had to cede Finland to Russia in 1809 (the Treaty of Fredrikshamn). The Diet of Porvoo in 1809 was a landmark in the History of Finland. The Tsar Alexander I confirmed the new Finnish constitution (which was essentially the Swedish constitution from 1772), and made Finland an autonomous Grand Duchy.

The Porvoo Common Statement is a report issued at the conclusion of theological conversations by official representatives of four Anglican Churches and eight Nordic and Baltic Lutheran Churches in 1989–1992. It established the Porvoo Communion, so named after the Porvoo Cathedral where the Eucharist was celebrated on the final Sunday of the conversations leading to the Statement.

Porvoo: Name

The town received its name from a Swedish earth fortress near the river Porvoonjoki which flows through the town. The name Porvoo is the Fennicised version of the Swedish name (Borgå) and its parts of borg meaning "castle" and å "river".

Porvoo: Politics

Results of the Finnish parliamentary election, 2015 in Porvoo:

  • Swedish People's Party 27.3%
  • Social Democratic Party 16%
  • National Coalition Party 15.4%
  • True Finns 14.6%
  • Centre Party 10.9%
  • Green League 7.9%
  • Left Alliance 4.2%
  • Christian Democrats 1.8%

Distribution of the city council seats following the Finnish municipal elections, 2012:

  • Swedish People's Party 16
  • Social Democratic Party 12
  • National Coalition Party 9
  • True Finns 6
  • Green League 4
  • Centre Party 2
  • Left Alliance 1
  • Christian Democrats 1

Porvoo: Urban development

The town is famed for its "Old Town" (Gamla Stan in Swedish), a dense medieval street pattern with predominantly wooden houses. The Old Town came close to being demolished in the 19th century by a new urban plan for the city. The plan was cancelled due to a popular resistance headed by Count Louis Sparre.

The central point of the old town is the medieval, stone and brick Porvoo Cathedral which gave its name to the Porvoo Communion – an inter-church agreement between a number of Anglican and Lutheran denominations. The cathedral was damaged by fire on 29 May 2006: the roof was totally destroyed but the interior is largely intact. A drunken youth had played with fire at the church, unaware of recent tarwork and nearby tarcontainers, accidentally causing a large fire. He was later sentenced to a short prison term and restitutions of 4.3 million Euro.

Porvoo town hall

The red-coloured wooden storage buildings on the riverside are a proposed UNESCO world heritage site. By the early 19th century authorities already understood the value of the old town. With the need for growth, a plan was envisioned for a 'new town' built adjacent to the old town, following a grid plan but with houses also built of wood.

New Housing, Porvoo, by architect Tuomas Siitonen

By the end of the 20th century there was pressure to develop the essentially untouched western side of the river. There was concern that growth would necessitate the construction of a second bridge across the river into the town, thus putting further strain on the wooden town. An architectural competition was held in 1990, the winning entry of which proposed building the second bridge. Plans for the western side of the river have progressed under the direction of architect Tuomas Siitonen, and both a vehicle bridge and a pedestrian bridge have been built. The design for new housing is based on a typology derived from the old storehouses on the opposite side of the river. Yet another new development entails the construction of a large business park called King's Gate (Kuninkaanportti in Finnish, Kungsporten in Swedish), which is under construction.

Porvoo railway station does not have regular train service, but special excursion trains from Kerava (either with steam locomotives or former VR diesel railcars from the 1950s) operate on summer weekends.

Porvoo: Suomenkylä

Suomenkylä, or Finnby in Swedish, is a village north of the centre of Porvoo and beside the Porvoo river. Suomenkylä has an old school founded by Johannes Linnankoski in 1898. The village of Suomenkylä also has two burial places from the Bronze Age.

Porvoo: Kerkkoo

Kerkkoo, or Kerko in Swedish, is a village north of the centre of Porvoo and beside the Porvoo river. Kerkkoo has an old school which is over 100 years old and still active. From the village of Kerkkoo archeologists and townspeople found a stone axe from the Bronze Age.

Porvoo: Sports

Bandy legend Sami Laakkonen, here in the dress of Dynamo Kazan, now plays for Akilles

The local team Akilles Bandy plays in the highest division, Bandyliiga, and has become Finnish champions twice. Sami Hyypiä, a former football player for Liverpool FC and the Finnish national team is the main sports pride of Porvoo.

Porvoo Cathedral prior to the fire in May 2006

Porvoo: Notable people

  • Remu Aaltonen, musician
  • Carl Johan Adlercreutz, was a Swedish general and statesman
  • Torvald Appelroth, Olympic fencer
  • Albert Edelfelt, painter
  • Hanna Ek, Miss Finland 2005
  • Lauri "Cyanide" Happonen, former League of Legends world champion and professional player, now a streamer
  • Sami Hyypiä, former captain of the Finland national football team
  • Sami Laakkonen, bandy player who scored the decisive goal in the final when Finland won the World Championship for the first time.
  • Adolf Lindfors, Finnish wrestler and Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling
  • Johan Ludvig Runeberg, national poet
  • Solveig von Schoultz, writer
  • Seppo Telenius, writer and historian
  • Ville Vallgren, sculptor
  • Vladimir Kirillovich, Grand Duke of Russia, Romanov Dynasty
  • Osmo Antero Wiio, professor, politician, author of Wiio's laws of communication
  • Margaretha Zetterberg, pioneering textile and handcrafts worker

Porvoo: International relations

Porvoo: Twin towns - sister cities

Porvoo is twinned with the following cities:

  • Iceland Dalvík, Iceland
  • Germany Dinkelsbühl, Germany
  • Norway Hamar, Norway
  • United States Hancock, Michigan, United States
  • Poland Kamień Pomorski, Poland
  • Sweden Lund, Sweden
  • Sweden Tyresö, Sweden
  • Latvia Ventspils, Latvia
  • Denmark Viborg, Denmark
  • Estonia Viimsi, Estonia
  • Estonia Viljandi, Estonia

Porvoo: References

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  2. "Ennakkoväkiluku sukupuolen mukaan alueittain, maaliskuu.2016" (in Finnish). Statistics Finland. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  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 and gender by area as of 31 December 2008". Statistics Finland's PX-Web databases. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  5. "List of municipal and parish tax rates in 2011". Tax Administration of Finland. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  6. Jaakkola, Marianne (2007-11-19). "Yleistä Porvoosta" (in Finnish). Porvoo: City of Porvoo. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
  7. http://www.katajala.net/keskiaika/suomi/kaupungit.html
  8. http://www.kirkkojakaupunki.fi/uutiset/rikos-ja-rangaistus
  9. "Kerava-Porvoo Museum Train Timetable Summer 2009". Porvoo Museum Railway Society. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  10. "The sister cities of Porvoo" (in Finnish). Porvoo City. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
  • City Porvoo – Official website
  • Porvoo travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • King's Gate Business Park
  • Porvoo Museum Railway – train service to/from Helsinki on summer Saturdays
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