We do things differently
The residents of the Vaasa region are unique compared to other Finns. We do some things differently and in many ways we are influenced by Finland’s neighbour country Sweden.
One of the most visible and obvious differences is that our region is bilingual. Approximately one half of the region’s population speaks Finnish and the other half speaks Swedish. Most of us can speak, or at least understand the other language. It is not exceptional, that during a conversation one person speaks Finnish and the other one replies in Swedish. In some cases the languages get so mixed up that one sentence can include words in both languages. Even though Finland has two native languages – Finnish and Swedish – is the Vaasa region one of the few Finnish regions where bilingualism really works in every day life.
Thanks to our Swedish speaking skills, keeping in touch with our neighbours in Sweden comes naturally. From here you can travel to Sweden by airplane and by ship. Many of the new trends that Finland takes on from Sweden, come to our country through Vaasa.
Around five percent of the region’s population are foreign. Vaasa is Finland’s second-most international city, right after Finland’s capital Helsinki. The foreigners represent over 100 different nationalities. If you see for example an Indian walking down the street, you can be almost certain that he is an engineer who works for ABB, Wärtsilä or some other energy technology company.
In addition to the international share of the population, our street scene consists of a lot of young adults. Approximately every fifth of Vaasa’s residents is a student. This makes Vaasa a great study city. The students presence makes the whole city feel youthful and dynamic.
People in the Vaasa region love the sea and the archipelago. The region’s archipelago is filled with pleasant cottages that have passed on from one generation to another. From early spring to late fall many disappear to their cottages over the weekends.