official_name = City of Raisio
native_name = Raision kaupunki - Resos stad
image_shield = Raisio.vaakuna.svg
map_caption = Location of Raisio in Northern
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_type2 = Region
subdivision_type3 = Sub-region
leader_name = Kari Karjalainen
area_total_km2 = 49.5
area_water_km2 = 0.6
population_as_of = 2006
population_total = 23,799
population_density_km2 = 479.2
timezone = CET
utc_offset = +2
timezone_DST = CEST
utc_offset_DST = +3
latd= |latm= |lats= |latNS=N
longd= |longm= |longs= |longEW=E
website = [http://www.raisio.fi www.raisio.fi]
blank_name =Official languages |blank_info =Finnish
Raisio (IPA2|risio) (Swedish "Reso") is a city in south-western
Finlandand an important junction of major roads. The city has a population of 23,799 and is located in the region of Finland Proper, in the province of Western Finland, neighbouring the province's capital, Turku. The city's land area is 48.89 square kilometres, and it is landlocked other than for its southern tip, which has some hundreds of metres of coastline to the Bay of Raisio.
The oldest known written records relating to Raisio are from the year 1292, and there is strong evidence of
Iron Agesettlement in the area, but Raisio did not become a city until 1974. Until the late 20th century, this was an agricultural area. The success of the Raisio Group transformed it into an industrial centre, and triggered a huge increase in population - during the 20th century the population of Raisio grew elevenfold.
The city's location on good traffic connections and near the region's capital has contributed greatly to its growth. Its main industries are services, foodstuffs and chemical manufacturing. The largest employer in the city is the
Raisio Group, a manufacturer of foodstuffs, animal feed and health products.
Raisio is also home to the
Myllyshopping centre, one of the largest in Scandinavia.
The biggest employers in Raisio:
Points of interest
The city of Raisio has many cultural venues, such as the
Friisilä handicrafts centre, which offers the visitor a glimpse at traditional Finnish arts and crafts. The cultural centre " Harkko" in the city centre comprises an arts museum, an archaeological museum and a theatre. The city's library is also worth mentioning.
Seinäjoki, Raisio is one of Finland's 'tango cities' - it organises the semifinals of the annual " Tangomarkkinat" contest.
* [http://www.raisio.fi City of Raisio]
* [http://www.raisiogroup.com Raisio Group]
* [http://www.kauppakeskusmylly.fi Mylly shopping centre]
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