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Hämeenlinna, or "Tavastehus" in Swedish, is a municipality and city of about 48,000 inhabitants in the heart of the historical province of Häme in the south of
Finland. Today, it belongs to the region of Tavastia Proper, and is the residence city for the Governor of the province of Southern Finland. Nearby cities include the capital Helsinki(150 km), Tampere(73 km) and Lahti(72 km).
medieval Häme Castle("Hämeen linna") is located in the city.
There has been a settlement called
Vanajain where the city now stands since the Viking Age. The castle was built in the late 13th century to secure the Swedish power in central Finland. A village was born near to the Häme Castleto provide services and goods to inhabitants.
The village was granted city rights in 1639 and soon after that the
King of Swedenmoved it one kilometre south on the hill where it now stands.
The city is known for its schools and academies where many famous
Finnshave studied. Schools, government and the military have characterized Hämeenlinna's life all through history.
Finland's first railway line opened between Hämeenlinna and Helsinki in 1862. The current
Hämeenlinna railway station("Rautatieasema" in Finnish) was built in 1921.
Jean Sibeliuswas born and raised in Hämeenlinna. He graduated from Hämeenlinna Lyseo in 1885.
Eino Leinograduated from high school in Hämeenlinna. ( Hämeenlinnan lyseon lukiois Hämeenlinna Lyseo Upper secondary school, roughly the equivalent of a US highschool).
The folk/Viking metal band
Turisasis from Hämeenlinna. Antony Hämäläinen(Vocalist for the Greek/Swedish Melodic Death Metal band Nightrage) was born in Hämeenlinna. Kimi Räikkönen( Formula 1 driver) and Jenni Dahlmanwere married in 2004 in Hämeenlinna.
=Largest employers (by number of employees) [http://www.hameenlinna.fi/keskushallinto/index.php?id=2308] "Taskutietoa Hämeenlinnasta", a factbook published by the city of Hämeenlinna (
*City of Hämeenlinna: 2 490
*State of Finland: 2 480
*Kanta-Häme Hospital District: 1 460
*Ruukki (Rautaruukki Oyj): 1 030
*Huhtamäki Oyj: 700
*Hämeen AMK: 510
*Aina Group Oyj: 500
*Kansanterveystyön ky: 490
Patria VehiclesOy: 430
*Konecranes Standard Lifting Oy: 330
*Koulutuskeskus Tavastia: 270
*Lindström Oy: 175
Weimar, Germany [ [http://www.hameenlinna.fi/english/index.php?id=2747 Hämeenlinna's official website: twin towns] ]
*Ice hockey team
* [http://www.hameenlinna.fi Hämeenlinna] – Official site
* [http://www.nba.fi/en/hame_castle Häme Castle]
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