Vaasa to Sweden Ferry
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Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland with strong Swedish influences. The city used to belong to Sweden, has been named after a Swedish royal house, and a quarter of the population speaks Swedish as the first language.
Vaasa is connected to Umea by Wasaline ferries, and like Umea, Vaasa suffered a large fire in 1852 that left much of the city in ruins. The decision was made to move Vaasa closer to the sea, and Swedish architect Carl Axel Setterberg was appointed the prvincial architext to rebuild the city.
You can still visit old Vaasa where you will find ruins and an 18th century court building that survived the fire but has been converted into the Church of Korholm.
If you are fascinated by modern architecture, you'll find some unique buildings in Vaasa. Look out for the Campus of Vaasa University, the Center City Block and Huutoniemi Church in particular.
Sweden is a country with serene lakes and extensive forests.
Sweden has a lot to offer with excellent roads and transport links between various islands and between the main Swedish cities.
The Swedes are proud of their history and culture which is evident in the number of museums they have.
While in Sweden, you can also visit the longest single span Oresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden.
Sweden is a great place for anyone who likes outside sports, including skiing, snowboarding or fishing.
The climate caters for more winter sports which aren't so readily available in the UK, so it's a brilliant opportunity to try something new. You never know, you might turn out to be quite good!