The Finnish War Information Centre in the village of Ruona in Kuortane offers an introduction to the events and progress of the Finnish War and its impact on people’s lives. The village played a major role in the war, as the battles of Ruona and Salmi in late August and early September 1808 are considered two of the turning points of the war, which was fought between the Kingdom of Sweden and the Russian Empire in 1808–1809. The battles marked the beginning of the retreat by the Swedish army, which in the end resulted in Russia’s victory in the war.
At the information centre, you can learn more about the Finnish War through exhibitions, multimedia works and historical materials. The battle of Ruona has been brought to life in a miniature model of the battlefield. Guided tours of the information centre or battle sites are available upon request.