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Porvoo
Borgå
City
Porvoon kaupunki
Borgå stad
City of Porvoo
A view of buildings in the Porvoo Old Town, including the Porvoo Cathedral
A view of buildings in the Porvoo Old Town, including the Porvoo Cathedral
Coat of arms of Porvoo
Coat of arms
Porvoo.sijainti.suomi.2008.svg
Country Finland
Region Uusimaa
Sub-region Porvoo sub-region
City rights ca. 1380
Area (2009)
 • Total 2,139.46 km2 (826.05 sq mi)
 • Land 654.77 km2 (252.81 sq mi)
 • Water 1,484.69 km2 (573.24 sq mi)
Area rank 36th largest in Finland
Population (2013)
 • Total 49,087
 • Rank 18th largest in Finland
 • Density 74.97/km2 (194.2/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Porvoo is a city and a municipality situated on the southern coast of Finland approximately 50 kilometres (30 mi) east of Helsinki. It is one of the six medieval towns in Finland, first mentioned as a city in texts from the 14th century. Porvoo is the seat of the Swedish-speaking Diocese of Borgå of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

The Porvoo Old Town is a popular tourist destination, known for its well-preserved 18th and 19th century buildings and 15th century cathedral, the Porvoo Cathedral. The Old Town is recognized as historically and culturally significant as one of the National landscapes of Finland.

The municipality's official languages are Finnish and Swedish. In 2014, 64.6% of the population spoke Finnish as their native language, while 30.1% were Swedish speakers. 5.4% had a different native language.

Porvoo's neighbouring municipalities are Askola, Loviisa, Myrskylä, Pornainen, and Sipoo.

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