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In addition to the main library, Vaasa has several library service points and a mobile library called Rölli. You can apply for your own library card from any of the libraries. You will need to have a photo ID, for example your passport or driving licence with you when applying for the library card. You can borrow books, music, films, exercise equipment and many other things with your library card.
The library also has study spaces and free Wi-Fi. The library constantly organises a wide variety of events and different reading circles that you can join.
You can do many kinds of exercise in Vaasa. Vaasa has an indoor swimming pool, indoor sports facilities of different sizes and countless outdoor sports venues. Exercise groups cater for all age groups, from children to seniors. More information can be found on the City of Vaasa website.
Open air exercise
Nature is always nearby in Vaasa, which means that exercising outdoors is effortless. Beaches and green areas are easy places to get some exercise. You can walk to the seashore from the centre of Vaasa in just a few minutes. Vaasa has nine beaches. There are also many different nature sites in Vaasa, where you can hike and do some outdoors exercising.
The unique Kvarken archipelago is Finland's only natural heritage site on the international UNESCO World Heritage List. You can explore the area by car, boat or bike, as well as by paddling, hiking, or in the summer time hopping on a World Heritage cruise.
Theatres and cinemas
There are a few theatres in Vaasa. The Finnish language Kaupunginteatteri, the Swedish language Wasa Teater, the student theatre Ramppi, and some theatres and amateur theatres for children. More information can be found on the City of Vaasa website:
There is one cinema in Vaasa, BioRex Vaasa. More information about its programme and screenings can be found on their website:
In addition to BioRex, Vaasa has the nostalgic Ritz cinema, which now functions as a cultural stage and cinema. Ritz hosts a wide variety of events in addition to cinema screenings. Ritz is run by the volunteers from Skafferiet ry association and new volunteers are also constantly needed.
There are several museums and art galleries in Vaasa. They can be found right in the centre and close by, as well as a little further away.
Hobbies for children and young people
You can find activities and things to do for children, young people and families can be found on the City of Vaasa website or on the Reimari website.
Vaasa also has junior teams in many sports.
Pohjanmaan Yhdistykset ry is an umbrella organisation consisting of eighty member associations. Member associations range from patient associations to cultural associations.