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Espoo's history in a nutshell

  • Espoo Cathedral1300-1400 King's Road from Turku to Vyborg via Espoo 
  • 1400th century the first church is built 
  • 1458 Espoo becomes an independent parish 
  • 1550 Swedish king Gustav Wasa founded the town of Helsinki 
  • 1812 Helsinki becomes the capital of Finland 
  • 1868 Espoo gets the first municipal administration 
  • 1903 Construction of Pasila-Karjaa -railway via Espoo is finished 
  • 1920 The city of Kauniainen is separated from Espoo 
  • 1944 The settlement of immigrants and veterans begins 
  • 1952 Construction of Tapiola Garden suburbs begins 
  • 1963 Espoo becomes a town
  • 1966 Regional building of Espoo begins • 1968 Decision of regional and district centres of Espoo 
  • 1972 Espoo becomes a city 
  • 2008 Espoo celebrates its 550th anniversary

 

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