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Former coat of arms of Kuusankoski

Kuusankoski [ ˈkuːsɑŋˌkɔski ] is a formerly independent city in south-east Finland and is now a district of Kouvola . It is located in the Kymenlaakso region about 140 km northeast of Helsinki on the Kymijoki River . In 2009 Kuusankoski was incorporated into the city of Kouvola together with Anjalankoski , Valkeala , Jaala and Elimäki . Kuusankoski is an industrial town and an important center of the paper industry. The largest employer is the UPM-Kymmene group . However, one of the paper mills (Voikkaa) was closed in 2005. The city of Kuusankoski last had an area of ​​128.53 square kilometers and 19,739 inhabitants (2008).

Paper mill in Kuusankoski (1987)

Until the 1920s, the Kuusankoski area belonged to the municipalities of Iitti and Valkeala. The border between the two communities was formed by the Kymijoki, which from 1743 to 1809 also represented the border between Sweden and Russia . In the course of industrialization , several paper mills were built on the rapids of the Kemijoki near Kuusankoski at the end of the 19th century. Kymin osakeyhtiö , a joint stock company founded in Kuusankoski in 1872 , became the Kymmene Group, which was merged into the UPM Kymmene Group in 1996. Due to the industrial boom, the three settlements Kuusaa, Kymintehdas and Voikkaa emerged in the previously sparsely populated Kuusankoski. In 1921, the independent community Kuusankoski was formed from these areas. In 1957 Kuusankoski became a market town ( kauppala ), and in 1973 the place was finally granted town charter.

Kuusankoski attractions include the town hall, the church built in 1929, and the Kettumaki Museum Grounds near the city center.

Kuusankoski is one of Finland's social democratic strongholds. The Social Democratic Party received more than 50 to 60 percent of the vote in various elections. Kuusankoski's twin town was Mülheim an der Ruhr in Germany until 2008 .

sons and daughters of the town

Web links

Commons : Kuusankoski  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. As of 2008, source: Maanmittauslaitos (Finnish land surveying office) (PDF; 247 kB)
  2. As of December 31, 2008. Source: Väestörekisterikeskus (Finnish population register). ( Memento of the original from September 20, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / vrk.fi

Coordinates: 60 ° 54 '  N , 26 ° 38'  E