Winter fun in Rauma

The many ice rinks to skate in Rauma are:
Raumanmeren tekojää, Pyynpäänkatu 27 (artificial ice)
Otanlahti, Urheilukatu 17
Lähdepelto, Kodisjoentie 91
Lappi, Kirkkotie 6
Uotila, Sippolankuja 2
Vähämaanpuisto, Kanavakatu
Pohjoiskehän koulu, Pohjoiskehä 14

The places to ski (check out its condition and the style here)
Lähdepelto 2,9 km
Talvialho in Lappi town 2,9 km
Pyytjärvi 3,5 km
the ski route on the golf area 3km (which actually has slides too)
The ski routes have lights on at Lähdepelto, Pyytjärvi and Lappi on workdays from 6 to 22 and weekends from 8 til 22 o’clock.

I doubt that foreigners are interested in swimming in an ice cold water, but the 3 saunas that provide such an opportunity are
1. Kisaranta sauna at Purjehtijankatu 2
2. Meriristi sauna at Varhontie 14
3. Narvijärvi Puusaun wooden sauna at Ruonantie 319 in Lappi

See the schedules here

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My favorite places to sledge down the hill is at the so called Lensu hill (near Viherkäine flower shop, if you drive towards the Äyhönjärvi lake).
The city’s official sledging hills are located in Pyytjärvi (the parking lot at Metsähdentie) and Lähdepello.

All of the sledge hills of Rauma (according to the kid’s events’ Facebook page ) are
1. There is a big hill next to Lensu’s old school. Parking space on Lensunkalliontie. (on my picture)
2. In Kappelinluhta at the intersection of Hirvitie and Luoteisväylä. No parking spaces.
3. Behind Suvitie street R-kiosk.
4. There is a small hill in the Paroalho playground.
5. There is a small hill in the middle of the Lajo apartment building area
6. There is a big and steep hill at Syvärauma.
7. There is a hill next to the Lotanpello playground (Nallepuisto) in Kappelinluhta
8. Slope next to Lonsi field- Nyberg Park
9. In the ruins of the old Rauma church towards Catherine’s Park
10. A small hill in Sinisaari Park

Please keep an eye on your children. Sometimes snow piles are only for a short time use before tractor comes to remove these. The driver might not see your kids in the snow. They may also drown in a soft hill.

Enjoy the free sports of this wonderful winter!

Parking in Rauma is free

Parking in Rauma is free, but you have to follow the parking rules on how long time you can park. It is either 1 hour, 2 hours or 24 hours. The latter means that you move your car next day.

Free parking in old Rauma

You can use the parking clock or a piece of paper to mark down the starting time (last spring anything else than a Finnish parking clock was forbidden). And pay attention, you mark only full hours and half hours. If you arrive 13.01, you mark 13.30 as the starting time!

Unfortunately this means getting late to lunch and meetings in order to win half an hour extra parking time 😊 Imagine seeing a friend or feeding 2 small kids at the favorite Wen Jing restaurant in such a hurry in 1 hour. You don’t want to run out to park somewhere else, but changing the clock numbers is also forbidden.

The city also reminds you that a parking sign with a bus or a motorbike picture under P sign means that only such vehicles can park there.
And please follow the parking squares painted on the old town streets that refer to the places where parking is allowed.

In Rauma, several parking spaces have a two-hour time limit on weekdays from 8 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm. But the 2-hour starts to count in the morning -> for example, if you arrive on a weekday at 5pm, the car can then be parked in the same place overnight until the next morning at 10am.

Read more from Rauma town’s website

Tax reduction on household expenses

You have someone shovel your snow. There is an invoice. You can deduct part of these taxes from your tax return.

I want to inform you about the tax deduction of household expenses. This is something we do not have in Estonia and the idea of the Finnish government is to support the official taxation of all services provided, even when done at home.

When you buy services for your home or vacation home, you can deduct part of your expenses in your taxation as a household deduction. You will receive a deduction for routine household, care and maintenance work, maintenance and renovation work, and IT installation and consulting services.

You must apply for the household deduction yourself. Work performed and wages and salaries paid must be declared for tax purposes either online via or by post, for example on form 14A (household deduction from wages and salaries paid to the enterprise).

The deduction is calculated from the VAT price. The deduction is only given for the share of the work, not for the materials, for example. In 2021, you can deduct as a household deduction 40 per cent of the salary paid to an entrepreneur or company on the prepayment register or 15 per cent of the salary paid and incidental expenses.

The maximum amount of the household deduction in 2021 (as in 2020) is EUR 2,250 per. The amount may consist solely of household, renovation or IT work, or all of these. The reduction is accompanied by an annual deductible of EUR 100.

In 2021, you will receive the maximum reduction, ie a reduction of EUR 2,250, if the total amount of work in the services you purchase from the company is EUR 5,875 [(5,875 x 40%) – 100) = EUR 2,250].

The deduction is granted to the spouses as they request it. If the limit of € 2,250 is not exceeded, the deduction should only be requested for the other spouse. In this way, the deductible is reduced only once. If the amount claimed for deduction exceeds the maximum, the authority will automatically deduct the amount not deducted from the other spouse’s taxes. Spouses can receive a total of € 4,500 in deductions. If there is only one tax, the deduction can be made from the taxes of the person who has them.

The household work that is usually deducted is:
• cleaning
• shopping
• cooking
• lawn mowing
• snow cleaning
• home party catering

However, interior design or emptying a dirt well are not work that qualifies for a deduction.

You can deduct from care and nursing work that is done at home, such as caring for children or the elderly at home.  Hairdresser, manicure and other beauty services are not considered to be normal nursing and care work at home.

Maintenance and renovation work that qualifies for a household deduction
• renovation of the kitchen, bathroom or other rooms,
• renovation of sauna and basement facilities,
• painting buildings,
• installation of balcony glass,
• plumbing and electrical work as well,
• renewal, improvement and repair of heating systems.

A household deduction can also be obtained for maintenance of the boiler oil bulb, cleaning of the boiler, efficiency measurement of the boiler and cleaning, measuring, adjusting and maintenance of ventilation equipment. However, no deduction can be made for „chimney cleaning“.

The installation and repair of household appliances and equipment, such as refrigeration appliances or dishwashers, is not considered deductible maintenance work, unless it is carried out in connection with major repairs.

Information technology advisory and installation services entitling to a household deduction include:
• installing and repairing a digital device or antenna,
• installing and repairing your computer,
• setting up telecommunications connections,
• installation of security services, purchased software and purchased, updates on the IT equipment,
• guidance work on home information and communication equipment and connections (if it takes place at home).

The installation work of the alarm and security system is now subject to a household deduction. The surveillance system can be installed both at home or in a holiday home. No household deduction for maintenance and other service charges for alarm and security systems.


And the official website about this is

I wanted to share this information, because this is something complicated for a foreigner to understand. 🙂

Rauma Church of the Holy Cross

Rauman Pyhän Ristin kirkko

The Franciscan monastery was here probably already when the town received its city rights to make trade in 1442. This church has served both catholics and lutherans.

The impressive wall paintings are from when the church was inaugurated in 1512.

A few years later, during the reformation of 1538, the monks had to leave the country. The church was re-established as a Lutheran church 100 years later, when the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity was destroyed by fire in 1640.

Rauma Church of the Holy Cross (Rauman Pyhän Ristin kirkko) has the oldest votive painting of Finland.

I tell you the stories of the war trophies as we visit the church on my historical tour 😉

The music in this church building was a magnificent combination.
In the video: Ave Maria e organo concert on July 15th, 2020
Saara Kukko (mezzo-soprano) and Henri Tuominiemi (organ and piano)

The needs of local foreigners

Mona Elo (left) carried out, Kairi Rintanen wrote down the International Rauma survey of foreigners. The lack of information in English was perceived as the biggest shortcoming in the survey. Photo: Juha Sinisalo

Here is a quick translation to our media report about the survey we had in June. The article was published on July 14th, 2020 in Länsi- Suomi newspaper and it’s online version. Available online here.

Foreigner moving to Rauma needs local support network: International Rauma survey reveals everyday problems

“I’m sitting at home now, because I don’t know the language and I don’t know where I can find information about cultural events. Before moving here, I lived a socially active life. Actually any activity is good.” 

This is how foreigners living in Rauma commented in a survey that was conducted on Facebook and Instagram by the International Rauma (founded by Mona Elo).

The survey of Elo, a Danish student studying international trade at SAMK, was conducted at the beginning of June during one week and involved 100 foreigners living in Rauma.

Elo originally founded the International Rauma group to improve the connection between the international students and companies in Rauma. Since then, the group has expanded to include non-students.

Local contacts important

According to the survey, more than 2,000 foreigners live in Rauma. They are mostly young (more than half are aged 31-40). Based on the survey, they would like to meet local people, learn more about the Finnish language and need more information about hobbies.

They need more guidance in English, for example at a health center.

Noëmie Le Forestier, a French woman, who was at the yard of the art museum with her child, agrees that more information should be available in English. She made a French-language website to help other people moving to Rauma.

– I was pretty lost when we moved here a year ago, says le Forestier.

About one-seventh of respondents were unemployed: they felt they needed more courses to enter the job market.

– Many jobseekers needed help to make a job application and CV, Mona Elo states.

International Rauma was already organizing a seminar in spring, where foreigners would have had the opportunity to get a feel for local companies and hear tips on entering the labor market.

– Corona postponed the Thonkathon event. It is open to everyone and will now take place in the autumn, Elo says.

Demand for a spare grandmother

According to Kairi Rintanen, an Estonian who wrote about the survey to the media, foreign families also need a local support network, a Finnish family member who would teach how to make Finnish food and find, for example, baking powder on the store shelf.

– That is not a need for a young babysitter, but for a grandmother type of a person who would teach life wisdom and play with children every now and then.

Rintanen has in her mind been running the paid “Rent a Grandmother” service.

– If there are extra grandmothers somewhere, we need them, she smiles.

Getting out of home

Some of the foreigners have come to Rauma alone. According to the survey they would want to have company for a sports activity or a local trip. Joint outdoor activities would give an opportunity to meet other people.

Foreigners also need guidance on everyone’s rights. Some were unsure of where to get their fish and pick berries and mushrooms.

– Here would be an opportunity for nature guides to sell tours to local foreigners, Rintanen suggests.

In addition to International Rauma, the Rauma in English and Rauma Guide pages on Facebook share local information in English. The pages are edited by foreigners living in Rauma.

The international community of Rauma gets together every second week. The first events of the Thursday Mingle have so far taken place in Amarillo from 17.30-20.

Rintanen is a Rauma guide and also has a blog Rauma Guide.

Author: Maarit Anttila, Länsi-Suomi newspaper
in cooperation with Kairi Rintanen, your page blogger 😉

Flea markets in Rauma

Now that people had time to clean their cupboards during the corona break and they feel like selling and buying new things, second hand shops are very popular again!

Rauma is a small town, hence people do not have an access to huge shops and they go to the flea markets, especially to buy the kids’ clothes and old Finnish dishes. For some it is an ecological way of life.

Besides the shops listed here for tourists, there are a number of online Rauma flea markets on facebook. The best known online market in Finland is, that is totally free to use.

  1. Retriika, Hakunintie 10
  2. Ratamakasiini, Hakunintie 6
  3. Torin Kymppi, Kuninkaankatu 25 (old town)
  4. Mimin Kierrätysaitta, Aittakarinkatu 12 (good for children’s clothes)
  5. Eveliina, Monnankatu 39 ( a little bit away from city center, but still a busy place in Kourujärve living area)
  6. Kirpputori-Kahvio Radanvarsi, Rautatienkatu 6 (near the railway; couple of flea markets next to each ohter in old railway warehouses)
  7. The flea market of the salvation army is now called Peippo Kirppis. Located near the old town, at Savilankatu 9
  8. The three flea market shops (Ala-puoti, Ylä-puoti and Soffakammari) of the Finnish Red Cross, Karjalankatu 15 (this is a place I take old clothes to and the Red Cross gets money as they sell it). Now called Kirpputori Puoti ja Wanhat Tawarat?
  9. Lokki kirpputori, Satamakatu 2 (near the central park) Keskuspuisto
  10. Kasitien kirppis, not in Rauma, but Kangasnummentie 1, Eurajoki (people say they have found good deals)

    So how does it work if you want to sell at kirppis (the Finnish word for flea shop)? You rent a box for a week for about 20 euros. You tag your products with a paper, that refers to the product / size, its cost and box number. The cashier collects your papers, when people buy and weekly gives you the money. All money you make is yours, but make sure you sell more than you pay rent, hahaa. No need to pay taxes from this revenue.
    Sometimes shopkeepers sell your things for you and they get 40% of the sales. This way you do not have to pay the cupboard rent, neither make your box look nice.
    The flea market owner makes extra money buy selling things bought from old houses and with a coffee corner.

    Other common ways to sell in Rauma are on such facebook pages:
    Children’s clothes and toys: lastentarvikekirppis ..rauma ja lähialue..
    Children’s clothes and toys, with strong admin intervention: rauman lastenkirppis

    SELLING/BUYING everything
    A page in English. 800+ members rauma “buy & sell”
    Sell/buy/give away. 12 000+ members myydään ostetaan annetaan vaihdetaan (rauma ja lähialue)
    Rauma ja lähialue: Myydään, ostetaan, annetaan, vaihdetaan with 7000+ members.
    Myy/osta/vaihda – Rauma ja lähialue with 3800 members
    Free to give away page on facebook: ANNETAAN Rauma ja lähialue

See the map here (Rauma’s flea markets, second hand shops)

Pictures from Eveliina flea market->

Another source listing the same flea markets.

What is your experience with the flea markets in Rauma?
What is the one you like? Why?
Am I missing any?

Nationalities in Rauma

According to Tilastokeskus there are over 2200 foreigners in Rauma (as of 2018) in a town of almost 40 000 inhabitants.

Most of the foreigners are building the third nuclear power plant in Eurajoki. Many are working as subcontractors at the Rauma Marine Construction and other industrial sites.

People from Poland, Estonia, France, Turkey, Latvia, China, Bulgaria and Germany are most represented countries in Rauma. And Africans in general.

I have no idea what the former Soviet Union means in this table, cause it is not Estonia 🙂

Which country are you from and do you regularly meet people of your nationality?

We have the Estonian club in Laitila each Saturday. Originally it was meant for kids to speak in their language and play, while moms were having coffee. Now we have a more variable program. We plan to start teaching kids Estonian language.


Hiking trails in the archipelago

The best hiking trails in Rauma can be found in the biggest islands in Rauma archipelago: Nurmes and Reksaari. The marked hiking routes can be explored either independently or with an instructor. Resting places along the trails have lean-to shelters (laavu), outhouses, campfire places and firewood. There are both easy and more challenging hiking trails in the archipelago.

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Lakeside saunas

Now that people spend a lot of time outside, it is good to know where to go for a lakeside sauna. The saunas are all closed now, but most of these yards are open for public to grill and spend outdoor time. Public gatherings are not allowed in this corona time.

The city of Rauma has seven lakeside saunas, which are open for public during the summer time, from June to August. The saunas are also available for rent during 1.5.-30.9, with the lakeside sauna of Tenhonperä being an exception.

The saunas of Lappi and Kaljasjärvi are usually available for rent all year around, but now closed due to the corona virus situation.

Lakeside sauna of Kaljasjärvi – the sauna is closed due to corona, but it is ok to go for a lakeside grill.
Tuesday and Thursday at 18-21 Sunday at 16-20.
Fee 2 € /adult and 1 €/ children.

Lakeside sauna of Narvijärvi, Puusaun – this sauna has an outdoor hot tub
Wednesday-Sunday at 16-22, Friday 16-23
Fee 6  € / adult and 3,50 € / child

The opening times and fees of last year ( 1.6.2019 onwards):

Lakeside sauna of Mantereenpää
Tuesday and Thursday at 18-21 Sunday at 15-19.
Free of charge.

Lakeside sauna of Noitajärvi
Tuesday and Thursday at 18-21 Sunday at 15-19.
Single payment 2 € (over 10 years)
Family pass 30 €, adult pass 20 € (june-august)

Lakeside sauna of Lillonkari
Tuesday and Thursday at 18-21 Sunday at 16-20.
Free of charge.

Lakeside sauna of Pitkäjärvi
Tuesday and Thursday at 18-20.30 Sunday at 14-18.
Free of charge.

Lakeside sauna of Tenhonperä
Tuesday and Thursday ti at 18-20.30 Sunday at 14-16.30.
Free of charge.

Pictures of Tenhonperä sauna.

Source of this text:

A list of almost 10 other saunas in Rauma!

The most wellknown is Löylymestari in Syväraumanlahti near the small yacht harbor.
The mixed sauna is spacious, and it can accommodate approximately 40-50 bathers at a time. There are separate dressing and shower rooms for women and men. Beverages can be bought from the cashier. There is a spacious jacuzzi and a hot tub on the terrace (available on request) and from the dock you can go to swim. During the winter time, there is a hole in the ice for winter swimming.

Swimming pool of the Johtola sauna.

A sauna with a pool at Johtola
This unique milieu has the atmosphere of cartridge time. The sauna can accommodate up to 10 persons. The sauna also has a large swimming pool. Sauna catering can be ordered when making a sauna reservation.

And something unque -> Tall Ship Brig Gerda’s sauna
Brig Gerda is Finland’s largest seaworthy sailing ship and additionally the only square-rigged sailing ship in Finland. The ship is anchored in the harbour of Poroholma Holiday Centre. Gerda’s sauna is suitable for 6 persons. Captain’s cabinet can accommodate 10 persons. There is also a swimming pier. You may bring your own food and drinks to the premises.

Medieval underground

Visit the medieval part of Turku at Aboa Vetus museum. The city had a big fire in 1827, but its medieval stone cellars and paths can still be seen, cause these were buried under the ground when a garden was built. The oldest parts dating back to end of 14th century.

The information is easy to read (Finnish, English, Swedish). Kids have a play area after each stand. There is a modern cafe place in the museum house. I did not have time to go to the art museum, though.

Museum website Abo Vetus

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