Port Arthur


Port Arthur, colloquially known as Portsa, is a town in the middle of a city where bohemian and community loving people live. The area’s wooden houses and their courtyards hide thousands of interesting stories.

Port Arthur or Portsa is one of Turku's most loved neighborhoods that 5,000 people call home. Portsa's location next to the city center makes running errands on foot or by bike convenient. The public transport connections are excellent. St Michael’s Church is also located in Portsa.

Port Arthur is a neighborhood consisting primarily of idyllic wooden and older apartment buildings that attract residents who value a relaxed lifestyle. People of different ages, ranging from students and retirees to families with small children live side by side in Portsa’s wooden houses. In Portsa you can also find the former prison Kakolanmäki, which was recently converted into an apartment building together with newly built apartment houses. Community is important to many people living in the area, which is why the area has an active residents’ association, Portsa ry.

Wooden houses and St Michael’s Church of Port Arthur have been recognized as a culturally important area by The Finnish Inheritance Agency. Portsa has also been selected as the Best neighborhood in Finland in 2001.

What could be the secret behind this lovely atmosphere?

Neighborhood features

Natural environment
by the riverside
parks nearby

Built environment
close to the city center
apartment buildings
residential area

Building types
wooden houses
terraced houses
high-rise apartment buildings
low-rise apartment buildings
newly built

Neighborhood characteristics
wooden house area
new residential area
village of the month

Area is

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Price level in the neighborhood info

Housing sales prices

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

Neighborhood residents info

Primary life situation

working 54 % students 11 % retired 27 % under 14 years old 7 % others 11 %
% of residents

Housing types

home ownership 42 % renting 56 % other types of housing 2 %
% of housing

Average age of the residents

42 years
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2 km to the Center of Turku