Raahe (Swedish: Brahestad) is a town on the northwest coast of
Finland on the shores of the Gulf of Bothnia. Raahe is located in
the western part of the province of Northern Ostrobothnia, and is
the center of the Raahe region. Count Peter Brahe founded the town
bearing his name in 1649 to promote trade. Raahe developed into a
major port, school and industrial city. Old Raahe, or Puu-Raahe,
which is connected to the city center and is one of the
best-preserved 19th-century Finnish wooden cities, gives its special
stamp to the city.
The population of Raahe is, as a result of the municipal associations, 24,577 people. The city covers an area of 1,888.97 km², of which 12.82 km² are water bodies (1 January 2020). The population density is 24.2 inhabitants / km². The Raahe region, together with Raahe, is formed by the municipalities of Pyhäjoki and Siikajoki. The total population of the area is about 35,000. Originally, the city was founded in two languages, but today it is officially in Finnish. The local newspaper Raahen Seutu and the free distribution magazine Raahelainen are published in Raahe.
The city of Raahe is connected to three neighboring municipalities: Saloinen (1973), Pattijoki (2003) and Vihanti (2013). Raahe's current neighboring municipalities are Haapavesi, Oulainen, Pyhäjoki, Siikajoki and Siikalatva.