Border Region

A history of the borderlands

The Kotka-Hamina region has a long history as the meeting place of the East and the West. From the Orthodox Russia in the east, over the years the mighty mercantile city of Novgorod has spread its influence to the Kotka-Hamina region. Meanwhile the Swedes tied the territory of present-day Finland to the western sphere. In the Kotka-Hamina region, the Kymijoki river has probably served as a border between the interests of the East and the West as early as the 13th century.