Candidate for European Capital of Culture 2026

Culture changes everything

Culture is Saimaa Phenomenon's catalyst for change

The decade of ambition has dawned on Saimaa. The provinces of eastern Finland and their central cities have nominated the enchanting city of Savonlinna as their candidate for the title of European Capital of Culture (ECoC) 2026.

The prestigious title will usher in an abundance of benefits to the area - including international connections and unlimited, unforeseen possibilities. The time to act is now, and our task is clear: we need to articulate the uniqueness of our region and spread the word.

Saimaa Phenomonen explores the power of creativity through a sustainable waterway journey to the seas of the world.  Join us!

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