"Vasa - Where past and present meet" Top 5 Page for this destination Vasa by MikeAtSea

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In Vaasa the past and the present meet: local enterprises, distinctive cultural life, two languages, international industry and the tranquility of a small town.
This bilingual town’s leafy avenues, large parks and green shoreline owes its foundation to the Empire-style town plan drawn up by the architect Carl Axel Setterberg in 1855. Vaasa is Finland’s sunniest town, and the sun echoes the warmth that the town’s inhabitants exudes, in its bustling market, in its business life, in its friendly service.

After a fire that gutted the entire town in 1852 almost all had to be rebuilt. The new town of Nikolaistad rose in 1862 about seven kilometres to the northwest from the old town. The town's coastal location offered good conditions for seafaring. The town plan was planned by Carl Axel Setterberg in the Empire style. In the master plan the disastrous consequences of the fire were considered. Main streets in the new town were five broad avenues which divided the town into sections. Each block was divided by alleys.
The town was promptly renamed Vasa after the Tsar Nicholas II was overthrown in 1917.

  • Last visit to Vasa: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated Aug 18, 2007
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    Sep 3, 2007 at 10:17 PM

    Interesting to know about the bilingualism of Vasa street signs. Pictues look so placid and serene. Great page.

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