Lappeenranta, an international university city and tourist destination, and a gateway between east and west
Over a period of more than a hundred years, Lappeenranta has grown and evolved from an army camp during Finland’s period as a Grand Duchy and a military town of the independent Finland into the international university city and tourist destination that it is today.
Lappeenranta’s special location in the border region between the East and the West, on the southern shore of the fourth largest lake in Europe, Saimaa, has favoured and shaped local business and industry and also added unique features to the local culture. Throughout history, excellent transport links in all directions have been considered to be a vital element for the vitality of the region. The region’s natural beauty and Karelian atmosphere attract visitors to the area.
Lappeenranta has approximately 73000 residents, which is more than half of the total population of the South Karelia region. However, if all the students are counted in, the total number of residents living in this central city of the South Karelia region is significantly higher than the official number.
VisitLappeenranta pages will tell you more about this small but lively city https://www.visitlappeenranta.fi/en/Experience/Sights-and-history