The region of Southern Savonia (Etelä-Savo) is in the south-east of Finland, bordered by the regions of Central Finland, North Karelia, South Karelia, Päijät-Häme, and Pohjois-Savo.
Southern Savonia is at the heart of Lake Saimaa, one of the jewels of Finnish nature. This lake is dotted with idyllic islands - ideal grounds for a great fishing experience - and they form a beautiful network of waterways! Numerous towns and villages in Southern Savonia are gifted with a delightful waterfront, in addition to its picturesque beauty.
Population: over 152 thousand inhabitants
Other major cities: Savonlinna, Pieksämäki
Main attractions: Mikkeli: Cathedral, Mikkeli Headquarters Museum, Mikkeli Art Museum - South Savo Regional Art Museum, Jalkaväkimuseo (war museum), Neitvuori (scenic spot);
Savonlinna: Olavinlinna castle, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimäki Church; Savonlinna Opera Festival;
Landscapes: Lake Saimaa, Astuvansalmi rock paintings, Linnansaari National Park, Kolovesi National Park;
Nearest Airports: Savonlinna Airport (SVL - Savonlinnan lentoasema)
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