Turku is a city situated on the southwest coast of Finland and is the fifth largest city in Finland by population. It was the first capital city of Finland from 1809 to 1812 and continued to be the largest city by population in Finland until the end of 1840s. Nowadays its significance nationwide is not the same as it used to be, but Turku is still a regional capital and important location for business and culture. During the year 2011 Turku has been designated to be the European Capital of Culture.

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