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Interesting fact: The Imatra has the oldest tourist attraction in Finland and the national
landscape: The Imatrankoski Rapids run through the city. The rapids were the first tourist
attraction to draw visitors from abroad in the footsteps of Catherine the Great (1772).
Interesting fact: The Imatra has the oldest nature reserve in Finland Kruununpuisto was
established in 1842. The park is located right in the centre of town.
Interesting fact: The Imatra has the largest hydro-electric power plant in Finland
Interesting fact: The Imatra has the largest street race in the Nordic countries and the
only street race in Finland: once every summer, motorcycles race through the city at more
than 300 kilometres per hour (The Imatranajo Road Racing International Championship).
Interesting fact: The Imatra has the most beautiful building in Finland: Valtionhotelli
(the state hotel in Imatra).
Interesting fact: The Imatra has Teatteri Imatra (city theatre) attracts more visitors than
there are residents in the city. The newest theatre house in Finland was built only a little
over 30 kilometres away from the second newest theatre house in Finland.
Interesting fact: The Imatra has an igloo as a music hall: you can listen to a concert
performed on instruments made out of ice in the SounDome igloo on cold February nights.
Interesting fact: The Imatra has a strong economy: the city has been in the black for the
past ten years. Even though the recession has been tough, Imatra has managed pretty well.
Interesting fact: National teams train here: Ukonniemi, a unique sports and wellbeing
tourism cluster, has been established on the shores of Lake Saimaa in just ten years. It
acts as the training ground for national sports teams and international ice hockey teams.
The Ukonniemi-Rauha area offers more accommodation than a large Finnish city.
Interesting fact: The Imatra has three athletes in the Winter Olympics: investing in sports
has created a good basis for success. The city is home to three Olympic athletes
participating in the Winter Olympics (biathlonist Venla Lehtonen, cross-country skier Lari
Lehtonen and snowboarder Matti Suur-Hamari).
Interesting fact: The Imatra has three spa hotels: there are a total of three spas within a
six-kilometre radius (Valtionhotelli, Imatra Spa and Holiday Club Saimaa).
Interesting fact: The Imatra has the largest log hotel in the Nordic countries.
Interesting fact: The Imatra has the longest ski track on first snow: every year in
October, the longest ski track on first snow in southern Finland is opened in Imatra (5 km).
Interesting fact: The Imatra has a border crossing in two cities: a border crossing is
located just a few kilometres from the centre of Imatra. A Finnish and a Russian city meet
there (Svetogorsk). There are only a few border crossings like this, between cities.
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