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Raahe is an old maritime town which looks out to sea, where dozens of islands lie scattered. These islands offer facilities such as well-equipped places for making a fire. Raahe provides numerous cultural and sports facilities for various types of hobbies. Several associations and municipal adult education centres also provide a wide range of study opportunities, including handicrafts and foreign languages. Raahesali is the venue for a range of cultural events. You can also join a choir, an amateur theatre group or a dance or music group. In the summer, Raahe hosts various outdoor events open to all, such as Pekanpäivät and Rantajatsit. Further information on leisure services is available on the website of the Town of Raahe.
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Raahe has a main library and three branch libraries that serve citizens in different parts of the town. Furthermore, a mobile library covers the district of Vihanti on a weekly basis. Further information on opening hours and services is available on the library website.
Raahe library also provides an online library where citizens can browse library collections, reserve or renew items, order interlibrary loans and borrow e-books on a 24/7 basis. Thanks to Finland's efficient library network, the collections of virtually every library in the country are available to citizens via Raahe library.
Raahe Town Library
Rantakatu 45, 92100 Raahe
Tel. 040 135 6799
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Theatre and cinema
Raahe Theatre, Koulukatu 13, 92100 Raahe
Tel. 044 3240 958
Films are shown at Raahesali, Kirkkokatu 28, 92100 Raahe, tel. 044 439 3237
Raahe Cultural Services
Kirkkokatu 28, 2nd floor, 92100 Raahe
Further information on events, art exhibitions and cultural services is available on the Town of Raahe's cultural website.
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Plenty of different kinds of concerts are arranged in Raahe around the year in various locations, such as Raahesali, Raahe Theatre, churches and restaurants.
Raahesali, Kirkkokatu 28, 92100 Raahe
Raahe Theatre, Koulukatu 13, 92100 Raahe
Raahe church, Kirkkokatu 10, 92100 Raahe
There are several art exhibition spaces in Raahe in which you can enjoy art for free.
Raahesali, green room, Kirkkokatu 28 (2nd floor), 92100 Raahe
Galleria Myötätuuli, Kirkkokatu 28 (3rd floor), 92100 Raahe
Raahe main library, Rantakatu 45, 92100 Raahe
Raahe Museum is Finland’s oldest local museum. It was established in 1862 by District Physician Carl Robert Ehrström, known for his broad interest in culture. The museum has grown over the decades and now consists of seven operational units. The most famous artefact in the Raahe Museum, the world’s oldest surviving diving suit – the Old Gentleman – is displayed in the diving section of the Crown Granary (Kruununmakasiini).
Packhouse Museum (Pakkahuoneen museo)
Rantakatu 33, 92100 Raahe
Tel. 040 135 6850
Raahe Museum Office / Sovelius House
Rantakatu 36, 92100 Raahe
Crown Canary (Kruununmakasiini)
Merikatu 10, 92100 Raahe
Tel. 040 135 6949
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Exercise and sports
Raahe offers a variety of sporting opportunities around the year. For further information on sports venues, visit the town's website.
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Recreation and travel in nature
For Finns, recreation and travel in nature is a traditional and popular way of recharging your batteries at any time of year. Everyman's rights (Jokamiehen oikeudet) allow people to pick berries and mushrooms and to move around the forest on foot, by bike, or on skis during the winter. However, you may not go into a private household's yard without permission.
To fish you must hold a fishing licence, with the exception of angling and ice fishing. To hunt you need a hunting licence. Everyman's rights do not give you the right to leave litter lying around, to damage trees or vegetation, to disturb or damage birds' nests or nestlings, to drive vehicles onto someone's land without their permission, or to build.
Raahe's information map displays local attractions such as ski tracks, swimming beaches and nature trails, as well as lean-to shelters, bird watching towers and places for making a fire along the nature trails and within the Raahe archipelago. The archipelago facing the town of Raahe forms part of the Natura 2000 network on the basis of its birdlife, vegetation and nature types. Further information on nature trails in Raahe and a link to the information map is available on the website of the Town of Raahe.
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Hobbies for children and young people
There are numerous cultural and sports facilities for various types of hobbies. Several associations and municipal adult education centres also provide a wide range of study opportunities, including handicrafts and foreign languages. The town youth services run six youth facilities, a youth cafe, an indoor skateboarding hall and a camping area. The youth facilities provide mainly young people aged 13–17 years with organised activities. Smoking and drinking of alcohol and using any other intoxicants is forbidden in the youth facilities. The town youth services also organise events and trips for young people. Further information on hobbies for children and young people is available on the website of the Town of Raahe.
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A large number of associations and societies offer various types of activities in Raahe. See the list of associations and societies on the website of the Town of Raahe.
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