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Hämeenlinna is a traditional and vibrant educational and cultural town at the junction of nationally important rail, road and waterway network.The City of Hämeenlinna was founded in 1639. Hämeenlinna presents the ideal combination of nature and culture. The city is full of historical sights and surrounded by beautiful nature reserves. Hämeenlinna is also famous for its unique Aulanko Park.The famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius was born in Hämeenlinna.Hämeenlinna is the oldest inland city of Finland and was one of the most important Finnish cities until the 19th century. It still remains an important regional center.The castle was built in the late 13th century to secure Swedish power in central Finland. A village was established near Häme Castle to provide services and goods to its inhabitants.The village was granted city rights in 1639 and soon after that the King of Sweden moved it one kilometre (0.6 miles) south to the hill on which it still stands.