17.12.2016 City of Rauma celebrates 575th anniversary in 2017 Finland’s third oldest town, City of Rauma was founded in 17th April 1442. In 2017 the city celebrates its’ 575th anniversary together with Finland which celebrates its’ 100 years as an independent state. The celebration goes on throughout the whole year. Several concerts, lectures, exhibitions and events are organized to celebrate the exceptionally long history of the city. In April, near the original birthday of the city there will be a special Rauma day for all the inhabitants of the city. The program will concentrate on the history of both Rauma and Finland. – Especially children and young people are taken into account when organizing program for the anniversary. We will launch a drawing competition for primary school pupils, have an own party for day care aged children, plant a small forest together with teenagers and organize a theme exhibition in the local museum with the eight-graders, Manager of Cultural Affairs Mr Risto Kupari says. – All inhabitants of the city will have several possibilities to take part in the celebrations during the year. For example, early December, in connection with the Independence Day of Finland we will invite veterans to celebrate with us both Rauma and Finland, Risto Kupari says.