Kristinestad (Finnish: Kristiinankaupunki) is in Ostrobothnia in Western Finland. Like many other towns in coastal Ostrobothnia, Kristinestad is bilingual with a Swedish speaking majority. The town has profiled itself as a small town where old and new meets in an unique way and it's motto is "Det Goda Livet" lit. The Good Life. Kristinestad was accepted as a Cittaslow town in 2011.

Get in

By car

As with most of small towns in rural Finland, car is the best way to get in. Kristinestad is situated along Highway 8, about 100 km from both Pori and Vaasa.

By bus

The train line is for goods only, but intercity buses between Pori and Vaasa stop at Kristinestad.

Get around

Walk — the town is small enough to get around by foot.



The old town is a lovely preserved grid of wooden houses on a mountain slope on a river bank. There is also a beautiful stone church with separate wooden tower. There's also a little, narrow alley called Kattpiskargränden/Kissanpiiskaajankuja (Cat spanker's alley), which is among the most photographed street signs in Finland.


Stroll around town. Maybe visit a couple of galleries, a church and the library.

Go next

Routes through Kristinestad

Tornio Närpes  W  E  Pori Turku

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