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Kotka Facts
  • Where is Kotka located?
    Kotka is located in the county of Kymenlaakso, Southern Finland. It's 130 kilometers east of the capital city of Helsinki and 290 kilometers west of St. Petersburg, Russia.

  • How old is the city of Kotka?
    It was founded in the year 1878.

  • How big is Kotka?
    Approximately 750 square kilometers, nearly 2/3 of which is under water.




  • What's the population of Kotka?
    According to the most recent data, an estimated 55,000 people reside in Kotka.

  • What drives the economy of Kotka?
    In a word, water! The port of Kotka is Finland's largest transit port and the country's 2nd largest export port. Boating and fishing are very popular in Kotka, and both are vital to the region's economy.

  • How do I get to Kotka?
    If traveling by car, take Highway 18 east from Helsinki. Under normal driving conditions, it should take around 1.5 hours. You can also get here by bus. For timetable and ticket info, visit Matkahuolto.

Source: City of Kotka website





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