Hanko (pronounced|ˈhɑŋko) in Finnish, Hangö in Swedish, and "Гангут" in Russian), is a
bilingualport town on the south coast of Finland, 130 km west of Helsinki. Its current population is 9,905 ( 2004-12-31), with a majority being Finnish speakers and a strong minority being (44.3 %) Swedish speakers.
Hanko Peninsula, on which the city is located, is the southernmost tip of continental Finland. The soil is a sandy moraine, and vegetation consists mainly of pineand low shrubs. Hanko is known for its beautiful archipelago.
The city has a
coastline of approximately 130 kilometers (80 miles), of which 30 km (19 miles) are sandy beaches. There are also over 90 small islandsand isletswithin the city limits.
The skyline of Hanko is dominated by the church and the
water tower. Both of them received their current appearance after World War II, as their predecessors were either damaged or destroyed by the Soviet Army.
Scandlines serve the link between Hanko and Rostock since October 2007 four times a week with two RoRo-vessel in 36 hours.
The "Hangon Regatta" has been a traditional fixture on the Finnish social scene, and is the major summer event in Hanko.
Sailingenthusiasts attend in order to compete, as well as mostly young people who have very little or no interest in sailing, and attend only in order to party and drink. The latter constitute the "Regatta tail", not appreciated by most of the town's residents, and which causes huge expenses for clean-up of the parks and streets.
Other traditional summer activities are the "Tennis Week", the "Sea Horse" riding competitions, and the "Summer Theatre" events.
Several sandy beaches and a multitude of leisure harbors attract tourists during the summer months.
Hanko has a long history of wars and battles. The
Battle of Gangutbetween Swedish and Russian navies was fought in 1714in the archipelago north of the peninsula. The battle was the first-ever victory of the Russian regular fleet.The fortificationworks on the Hanko Peninsula had already been started by the end of the 18th century, when the Swedish constructed three separate forts on the outlying islands. The forts were later bombarded by the Royal Navyduring the Crimean Warand they were eventually blown up during the hostilities by their own defenders.
The city was founded in
1874, soon after the Hanko-Hyvinkää railwaywas inaugurated in 1872. The Imperial Charter for the city was granted by TsarAlexander II.
Hanko was the port of choice for
emigrants leaving Finland for a new life in North Americain the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A memorial statue, showing birds in flight, commemorates this.
In the late 19th century, while Finland was still a Grand Duchy under
Russia, Hanko was a popular spa resortfor the Russian nobility. Some of the buildings from that period survive, notably the Hanko Casino (which is not a gamblingestablishment, but a former banquet hall of the spa). It is nowadays a restaurant.
Field Marshal C. G. Mannerheim owned a
café, "Neljän Tuulen Tupa" ("The House of the Four Winds") which still is very popular among tourists and residents alike.
Bengtskär lighthouseis the highest one (52 m) in the Nordic countries. It is situated 25 km southwest of Hanko. It was built in 1906 and it is the first lighthouse museum in Finland.
oviet naval base
In the Moscow Peace Treaty that ended the
Winter Waron March 6, 1940, Hanko was leased to the Soviet Unionas a military base for a period of 30 years. During the Continuation War, Soviet troops were forced to evacuate Hanko in early December 1941. The Soviet Union renounced the lease formally in the Paris peace treatyof 1947. As a curiosity, it can be noted that the short Russo-Finnish front across the base of the peninsula on the Finnish side was held in part by volunteertroops from Sweden. A museum has been established at this location, among the trenches and other remnants of the war.
The role of the Hanko naval base was replaced by
Porkkalain the armistice between Finland and the Soviet Union of September 19, 1944, released back to Finland in January 1956.
World War II
Battle of Gangut
* [http://www.hanko.fi/tourism/index.php?lang=eng Municipal website]
* [http://www.frontmuseum.fi The Front Museum on the Hanko Peninsula] , documenting the wartime lease of Hanko to the
* [http://www.histdoc.net/history/hanko.html Details about Hanko and Porkkala leased bases, maps]
* [http://www.bengtskar.fi Bengtskär Lighthouse]
* [http://www.hangonrintama.fi The Harparskog-line] Finnish fortification line at Hanko front during WWII.
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