Kouvola is a pleasant city of about 86,000 inhabitants in Kymenlaakso, Southeast Finland. Kouvola is Finland’s tenth largest city.
In Kouvola, the urban and the rural live side-by-side. The Kymi River winding through the region provides the local population and tourists with a setting for recreation, serves local forest industry companies and provides a unique landscape. Industry is still a major employer in Kouvola, although the region’s forest industry has declined drastically in recent years. These days, an increasing number of people in the city are employed in commercial services. The largest employer in Kouvola is the Finnish Defence Forces, as the Karelian Brigade and the Utti Jaeger Regiment are stationed in Kouvola.
Kouvola is also a well-known railway city. It is the western terminal of the Trans-Siberian Railway that goes from Europe to Asia, as well as being a significant junction in Finland. The Allegro train takes tourists and business travellers between Kouvola and St Petersburg in just 2h 20min.
As far as road traffic is concerned, Kouvola is situated along Highways 6 and 15. The journey from Kouvola to the Helsinki region takes a little over an hour by train and 1½ hours by car.
In Kouvola, nature offers the best landscape in Southern Finland to enjoy outdoor activities and cottage life. The region is home to the Repovesi National Park, where you can marvel at the changing landscape after just a short trek into the countryside. Kouvola also has the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, where you can learn about the operations and stories of the old mill. In summer, the Tykkimäki Amusement Park is a great attraction, both for the young and the young at heart.