LAG SILMU with its 13 municipalities 117 459 people of which 88 000 in rural areas is situated on the east side of the capital Helsinki. The E-18 corridor running from Turku via Vaalimaa to Russia connects the southern coast of Finland to the metropolis of Saint Petersburg, crossing the region. A stone´s throw away is the international airport of Helsinki-Vantaa and the services of the capital city.
The area is a growing progressing region, yet with human proportions. Due to its closeness of the metropolis of Helsinki the population is growing in the area. Quite many of the inhabitants work in the Helsinki region. In between the area one can clearly see regional differencies, which creates its own challenges. As a living environment the region is ideal: one can choose between historical old towns as well as countryside peace, village idyll and good opportunities for enterprise. Manor houses and old iron works are numerous. Often manor houses are still in their original use as estates. The countryside is live and has faith in the future.
The nature is very diverse with large fields, pine forests, lakes, rocky mounds and many rivers crossing through the area. The archipelago in the area is loved by thousands of Finns spending their summertime in the archipelago. The summer cottage tradition is very old. The waters of the archipelago are shallow but easy to navigate and the nature abundant.
Of the main industrial branches services account for 54,9%, manufacturing 28% and primary production 14,3%. Oil refining and the oil industry in Sköldvik, Porvoo is a representative of large scale industry in the region. Other industry in the region is for example ice cream manufacturing, domestic electrical appliances as well as chocolate kisses.
The area is divided in two parts. The municipalities near Helsinki and the town Porvoo are very popular areas for younger families to live in. Therefore the number of young people is quite high in these areas. The Loviisa region in the east part of the area has had some problems with people moving away from the area. In the area along the coast lives a Swedish speaking minority of 27 %. This is a relic of the period of Swedish rule that ended in 1809.
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