Anjala, a charming village in southern Kouvola, is home to approximately 2,000 residents. Nestled along the scenic Kymijoki River, this village boasts a unique feature—the Ankkapurha cultural park, which adds an exciting touch to its delightful atmosphere.

Conveniently located just a 20-minute drive from the center of Kouvola, Anjala offers easy access to nearby towns. Within half an hour, you can reach Hamina and Kotka, while Helsinki is only an hour and a half away. If you prefer public transportation, the neighboring town of Inkeroinen, situated on the opposite bank of the Kymijoki River, provides excellent train connections to both the center of Kouvola and Helsinki.

Despite its small size, Anjala provides essential amenities for its residents, including a daycare center, a grocery store, and the restaurant Bar'kki. Moreover, the village thrives on the activities organized by the dynamic Anjala Elää ry organization, which hosts various events throughout the year and maintains the beautiful Sihvaka beach. Residents of Anjala also enjoy ample opportunities for exercise and club sports, ensuring an active lifestyle. In the winter months, an artificial snow skiing path makes it possible to enjoy winter sports earlier in the winter.

The perfect blend of cultural history and an active lifestyle in one village

The Ankkapurha cultural park welcomes you with its idyllic manor setting. Immerse yourself in captivating stories of the Wrede family, Anjala's conspiracy, Gustav III’s Russo-Swedish War of 1788-1790, and even the mythical manor's ghost. For over six decades, from 1743 to 1809, Kymijoki served as the border river between the Swedish and Russian empires, adding to the area's historical significance.

Anjala's historical environment is nationally recognized as a significant cultural site, as defined by the Finnish Museum Agency. During the summer months, Anjala estate hosts a variety of engaging events, including art exhibitions that showcase local talent. When visiting, take advantage of the park’s frisbee golf course and get a treat at the Makasiini cafe. For nature enthusiasts, the Känkkärä nature trail offers a scenic climb along cliffs, providing stunning vistas of the Kymijoki River. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the beautiful church built in 1755-1756, accompanied by the nearby old cemetery of the Wrede family. 

Anjala fosters a vibrant community life, catering to various age groups and interests. The Anjala Youth Center, located within the cultural park, organizes annual camps for hundreds of young people, offering accommodations, activities, and food services. Additionally, the center extends its warm hospitality to other groups as well. The lunch restaurant Ankkapurhan Helmi is the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious weekday meal.

Neighborhood features

Natural environment
by the riverside
near the lake
by the fields

Built environment
residential area
peaceful countryside
vacation homes

Building types
detached houses
wooden houses

Neighborhood characteristics
wooden house area

Area has
nature conservation area

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Price level in the neighborhood info

Housing sales prices

Below average
Average price in Turku: 2090 €/m2
The price level is indicative.

Neighborhood residents info

Primary life situation

working 43 % students 6 % retired 34 % under 14 years old 18 % others 11 %
% of residents

Housing types

home ownership 80 % renting 19 % other types of housing 2 %
% of housing

Average age of the residents

45 years
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28 km to the Center of Kouvola
35 km to the Center of Kotka
80 km to the Center of Lahti