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Things to do: beaches, shopping, religious sites
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. The city is located some 10km from the Gulf of Bothnia, on the estuary of the Kokemäenjoki river. Pori was established in 1558 by Duke John who became later John III of Sweden.The municipality has a population of and covers an area of of which is water. The population density is {{Infobox Finnish Municipality/population densityPori. The municipality is unilingually Finnish. It is the largest city in Finland, and the 7th largest urban area. Pori is also the capital of the Satakunta region and the Pori sub-region .NameThe name Pori comes from the -borg part of the original name in Swedish with a Fennicised pronunciation. The Swedish name Björneborg means Bear City , and the Latin Arctopolis also means Bear City.HistoryEarly yearsCity of Pori was established in 1558 by Duke John of Finland who was later known as John III of Sweden. It was a successor to the medieval towns of Teljä (Kokemäki) and Ulvila. Sailing the Kokemäki river had become more and more difficult since the 14th century due to the post-glacial rebound. The importance of Kokemäki and Ulvila began to decline as the ships could no longer navigate the river. In the 16th century the situation had become so bad that Duke John decided to establish a new harbour and market town closer to the sea. The Bourgeois of Ulvila were ordered to migrate to the newly founded city and on 8 March 1558 John III gave the charter of Pori, which read: "Because we have seen that it would be best to build a strong market town alongside the sea, and because we cannot find anywhere suitable for fortifying in Ulvila, we have chosen another location at Pori."
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