Raseborgs stad
Raaseporin kaupunki
Castle of Raseborg
Flag of Raseborg
Coat of arms of Raseborg
Location of Raseborg in Finland
Location of Raseborg in Finland
Coordinates: 59°58.5′N 023°26′E / 59.9750°N 23.433°E / 59.9750; 23.433
Country Finland
Sub-regionRaseborg sub-region
Administrative centreEkenäs
 • Town managerPetra Theman
 • Total2,354.24 km2 (908.98 sq mi)
 • Land1,149.36 km2 (443.77 sq mi)
 • Water1,206.47 km2 (465.82 sq mi)
 • Rank67th largest in Finland
 • Total27,209
 • Rank39th largest in Finland
 • Density23.67/km2 (61.3/sq mi)
Population by native language
 • Swedish63.6% (official)
 • Finnish30.5% (official)
 • Others5.8%
Population by age
 • 0 to 1414.5%
 • 15 to 6458%
 • 65 or older27.6%
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+03:00 (EEST)

Raseborg (Finland Swedish: [ˈrɑːseˌborj]; Finnish: Raasepori, Finnish: [ˈrɑːseˌpori]) is a town in Finland, located in the southern coast of the country. Raseborg is situated in the western part of the Uusimaa region. The population of Raseborg is approximately 27,000, while the sub-region has a population of approximately 40,000. It is the 39th most populous municipality in Finland.

Raseborg was created on January 1, 2009, when the municipalities of Ekenäs, Karis and Pohja were consolidated into a single town,[6] creating the largest Swedish-speaking-majority city of Finland in terms of population. Of these, Ekenäs now serves as the administrative center of Raseborg. The name of the new town is based on the Raseborg Castle located in Ekenäs, or formerly in the municipality of Snappertuna. Historically the name of the county was also Raseborg in the 14th century.

Raseborg covers an area of 2,354.24 square kilometres (908.98 sq mi) of which 1,206.47 km2 (465.82 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 23.67 inhabitants per square kilometre (61.3/sq mi).

Raseborg is a bilingual municipality with Finnish and Swedish as its official languages. The population consists of 31% Finnish speakers, 64% Swedish speakers, and 6% speakers of other languages.

The coat of arms of Raseborg, introduced in 2009, is inspired by the area's grove biotope and the eight former municipalities that originally belonged to the united municipality, which are symbolized by white windflowers arranged in a circle. The yellow wall crown on top of the green shield in the area therefore belongs to the history of the region and its three fortresses (including the Raseborg Castle).[7] In addition to the coat of arms, the town of Raseborg uses a flag and pennon based on the coat of arms.[8] The coat of arms has attracted criticism for its "non-heraldic structure".[9]

In February 2011, Raseborg Municipality entered into a "Friendship Co-operation Agreement" with Makana Municipality in South Africa. The project, which is to last three years, seeks to facilitate information sharing in the fields of economic development, arts and culture, women's development, youth development, and education.[10]


Municipalities of the area, all of them except Hanko are now parts of Raseborg.

Raseborg as a municipal name is a new coinage, but the castle of Raseborg was first mentioned in 1378 as Rasaborge. It acted as the center of the Raseborg slottslän (Finnish: linnalääni) covering western Uusimaa and some parts of Finland Proper such as Kisko.

The area of the modern municipality had eight municipalities at its peak: Ekenäs, Ekenäs landskommun, Snappertuna, Karis, Karis landskommun, Pohja, Tenala and Bromarv. The first merger in the area happened in 1969, when Karis landskommun was merged into Karis. By 2008, only Ekenäs, Pohja and Karis were independent municipalities, forming the modern Raseborg municipality in 2009.[11]


After the 2021 municipal election the municipal council of Raseborg became the following:[12]

Party Share of vote (%) Seats
Swedish People's Party 49.2 23
Social Democrats 27.6 12
Greens 7.5 3
National Coalition Party 5.9 2
Left 4.6 2
Finns Party 4 1



See also


  1. ^ a b "Area of Finnish Municipalities 1.1.2018" (PDF). National Land Survey of Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Population growth biggest in nearly 70 years". Population structure. Statistics Finland. 2024-04-26. ISSN 1797-5395. Retrieved 2024-04-29.
  3. ^ "Population growth biggest in nearly 70 years". Population structure. Statistics Finland. 2024-04-26. ISSN 1797-5395. Retrieved 2024-04-29.
  4. ^ "Population according to age (1-year) and sex by area and the regional division of each statistical reference year, 2003–2020". StatFin. Statistics Finland. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Luettelo kuntien ja seurakuntien tuloveroprosenteista vuonna 2023". Tax Administration of Finland. 14 November 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2023.
  6. ^ "Local Councils Vote to in Favour of Municipal Merger". Yle.fi. YLE. 2007-06-19. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
  7. ^ Strömberg, Henrik (14 May 2008). "Raaseporin kaupungin uusi vaakuna" (PDF) (in Finnish). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-25. Retrieved 17 March 2023.
  8. ^ "Vitsipporna blommar på Raseborgs vimplar". svenska.yle.fi (in Swedish). Yle. Retrieved 17 March 2023.
  9. ^ "Heraldiikan säännöt ja tyyli koetuksella Raaseporin vaakunassa". Etelän Uutiset (in Finnish). 21 May 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2023.
  10. ^ "Finland Trip Feedback". Makana Municipality. Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
  11. ^ "SuomalainenPaikannimikirja_e-kirja_kuvallinen.pdf" (PDF). kaino.kotus.fi (in Finnish). p. 367. Retrieved December 21, 2022.
  12. ^ "Yle - Result service - Raasepori - Uudenmaan vaalipiiri - Municipal Elections 2021 - Yle.fi". vaalit.yle.fi. Retrieved 2021-09-07.