Close to nature

Sea, open plains and forests. A magnificent archipelago shaped by the glacial age and impressive river landscapes. The break-up of the ice on the river Kyrönjoki in the spring, violent autumn storms on the Kvarken. Thousands of cranes dancing in the fields of Söderfjärden, black grouse courting on a misty marsh. A white-tailed eagle majestically gliding on the winds above the city. The natural environment of Ostrobothnia is truly unique! As a matter of fact, the Kvarken Archipelago was listed as UNESCO World Heritage in 2006. It is the first World Natural Heritage site in Finland.

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The coast never stays the same, since Ostrobothnia is literally rising from the sea. Land uplift is a unique natural phenomenon, which continuously alters the coastline of the region. Land is rising from the sea at a speed of eight millimeters a year. It will keep rising some 100 - 150 meters.

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Updated on 14.10.2014, at 14.53