Kokkola is a charming seaside town steeped in the genuine atmosphere of an old maritime base. Founded by Gustav II Adolf in 1620, Kokkola is the hub of the Central Ostrobothnia Region.
The most important attraction in the Kokkola Archipelago is the lighthouse island of Tankar located in the southern stretches of the Bothnian Bay, some 15 km to the north-west from the Port of Kokkola. In addition to the lighthouse built in 1889, the island boasts a summer café, an old fishing village as well as a church, bird-watching tower and pilot station.
Traditionally, Kokkola is a city of seafaring and commerce. Neristan, Kokkola’s old town, as well as the sea and the numerous events arranged each year attract visitors to Kokkola.
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