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Posted on 04 March 2012

Hanko - the southern-most town in Finland, within it there are about 11,000 inhabitants and it is located on the same Hanko peninsula, which at 35 km is given in the Gulf of Finland.

Hanko - a multifaceted Peninsula, is a center of industry, the port and a resort for many tourists, among which is famous for its curative properties of mineral waters.

Today, more than 200,000 tourists each year visit the Hanko peninsula, from early spring to September, the columns of tourists travel through the city. And this is not casual, Hanko offers various recreational opportunities for every taste! You can rent a car to perform a walk or a short trip, horse-drawn carriage, bicycles, canoes, compete in a game of tennis, make a short cruise on a rented yacht, to visit the numerous art galleries and museums and of course just get a lot of pleasure from the sea and the gentle the sun. Urban beaches stretches over 30 miles of shoreline.

The largest port, which does not freeze in winter is - East Harbor. In general, the city has two ports - Municipal and private Baltic port. The latter is located on an island in the eastern side of the harbor.

The history of Hanko is quite closely linked with the Russian people, because in Russian military history, he mentioned at least twice:
- The first mention of the events connected with the Great Northern War (1700-1721) in 1714 near the peninsula of the Russian fleet heroically defeated the Swedes;
- And the second is connected with the mention of the Great Patriotic War - 165-day heroic defense of Hanko.

In 1940 he was awarded the Soviet-Finnish treaty, in respect of which the peninsula was handed over to the Soviet Union for 30 years to build a naval base. But soon the Soviet Union abandoned its rights to possession of the peninsula.

Hanko is known for its famous architectural monuments, various buildings including the famous castle-museum, which is located in the Eastern Harbour, the Museum of the front bunker with the military - both the museum opened in the summer, they arranged the exhibition on the theme of war of the past in Finland. The common grave of Soviet soldiers and erected a monument to her, Municipal Gallery, Art Gallery of "Maria." In numerous galleries Hanko are unique works of famous artists, wonderful exhibits will delight the eyes of visitors, but mostly they will be present for the island lighthouses Bengtskar, this unique island is situated at the southernmost tip of Finland.

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