The Town of Kokkola is a small town, yet it is the biggest town in Ostrobothnia. With a long history as part of Sweden, it is a bi-lingual town, and most people speak both Finnish and Swedish.
Visitors to the Port of Kokkola will enjoy visiting Tankar Island, a rocky island with a lighthouse, an old church, and a museum telling the story of seal-hunting in the area. The K.H. Renlund Art Museum offers a collection of Finnish art from the last two centuries.
The Museum of History is housed in one of Finland’s oldest secular buildings, an old schoolhouse. It contains many items from Kokkola’s long relationship with the sea as well as many model ships. The downtown old quarter, Vanha Kaupunki, is one of Finland’s best preserved districts full of traditional wooden houses.