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    Posted: 15 February 2015 at 17:12
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Let me introduce the city where I was born: Kouvola in south eastern Finland. Or strictly speaking, at time of my birth, the place where I was born was still independent city of Kuusankoski, but that changed in 2009, when Kouvola, Kuusankoski, Elimäki, Anjalankoski, Valkeala and Jaala merged and formed the new larger city of Kouvola.

1. Kouvola has traditionally been one of the central junctions of Finnish railway network:

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2. While Kuusankoski was known for its paper industry

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3. Although some the older paper mills (pictured below) have been closed, the Kuusanniemi complex (shown in the previous picture) is still running

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4. Further down the Kymi river there is more paper industry, in former Anjalankoski there was papermills at Myllykoski (pictured, now closed) and Inkeroinen (still running):

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5. Around the border of former municipalities Valkeala and Jaala is Verla, a village formed around former paperboard factory, which is nowadays a museum and UNESCO world heritage site.

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6. And despite that Kouvola is a city, there is quite a lot wilderness left too, for example in Repovesi national park:

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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 February 2015 at 19:05
and 'real nature' too (with inhabitants?! :-D)... stunning!! TY for this interesting and wonderful tour, really hope it hasn't ended yet!!
(looks brrr cold, but know from experience that minus 20+ degrees C. in Scandinavia CAN feel more pleasant than zero degrees in Holland at sea. ?? ;-))

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Ok, let's add couple more pictures...

6. Kymijoki

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7. Jyräänjoki near Paaskoski

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8. A view towards Kymintehdas

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9. Fog covered Kymijoki (opposite direction from the same place as previous picture)

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10. Jaalanlahti of Pyhäjärvi

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11. Heavy rain shower hits central Kouvola (taken from the safety of railway station canopy)

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12. The large fields in Elimäki gather flocks of birds (whooper swans and gulls) on autumns

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Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 February 2015 at 16:58
Nice set, hezu. 10 looks quite surreal with the light/dark sky.   The first one is very eye catching.   I'm not 100% keen on the nearly central water line. Did you consider cropping off some of the water?
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 February 2015 at 18:45
    Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

    Nice set, hezu. 10 looks quite surreal with the light/dark sky.   The first one is very eye catching.   I'm not 100% keen on the nearly central water line. Did you consider cropping off some of the water?
    Which picture you are referring to with the last comments? The #1 at least has no liquid water...
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote ifreedman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 February 2015 at 01:25
    Nice set. #9 is my favorite shot of the bunch. Good job to take advantage of what looks like many wet, sold and dreary days.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 July 2015 at 21:15
    Let's add couple new pictures...

    13. Arboretum Mustila in Elimäki is known for its Rhododendrons

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    14. Kouvola Railway- and Bus Station
    (And reason why I originally decided to take this picture is the bus on the left since its display has a funny text: "Lounastauko" is lunch break in Finnish. The other bus's display is more boring: "Ei linjalla" = "Not on the route")

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    15. Kymijoki around Kuusankoski

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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2016 at 15:57
    The city centre of Kouvola is known for its somewhat brutal concrete architecture...

    16. New Market Square (formerly a parking place)

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    17. Old Market Square (now two level parking place)

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    18. Lääninpuisto (foreground pro patria memorial for those who died in wars 1939-1945, in background Keskuskirkko church)

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    19. Backside of City Hall

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    20. City Hall front facade

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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Winwalloe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2016 at 17:12
    Some very nice pictures in this thread. Keep 'em coming!
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 February 2018 at 23:24
    Been way too long since the last batch...

    21. A view from a hill in Jaala


    22. Island Kuusaansaari splits Kymi river into two branches, the northern branch provides the water flow for the water power plant there and therefor usually the southern branch looks something like this


    23. However, at times when there is lots of the water in the river the dam gates can be opened and you can get vague idea what the river looked like before the founders of the paper mills decided to build their factories in this location...


    24. Powerline with a vintage concrete pole


    25. And if there was more water in the river, the first floor of this old factory building might become quite wet...
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 February 2018 at 21:45
    26. Finnish championships in snow sculpting were held 26.-28.1.2018 at Kuusankoski, Kouvola. Since the weather conditions after the event have been suitable, the snow sculptures have kept their form pretty well.


    27. Ekholmintie little before sunset.
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    28. Lauttakatu - at the end of this street there is an old ferry pier, from which once upon time a ferry shuttled people and vehicles across the Kymi river. Obviously there hasn't been any ferry for decades as there is now bridges...


    29. Steam rising from the partially frozen river Kymi on a cold morning
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 November 2018 at 19:37
    City district of Voikkaa (once upon a time, also spelled as Woikka) used to host one of the papermill complexes, but sadly in 2006 it was decided to close the factory, the surroundings still shows some signs of this industrial past...

    30. Voikkaa Fire Station, earlier the home of Voikkaa Factory Fire Brigade, nowadays run by Kuusankoski Volunteer Fire Brigade. In September 1st this year, the fire station and its vicinity hosted a sprint orienteering competition organized by sport club Kuusankosken Urheiluseura.


    31. Next door is Voikkaan Mestarikerho, originally built as the headquarters of the paper mill company, which later became the club house of the skilled factory staff ("masters' club").


    32. Voikkaan Klubi (another former staff club house, this time for those in office/management positions)
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    wish all industry would look this nice...
    great to see more of Finland, Heikki! hope you'll post much more.
    can't believe we're still on page 1!

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