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Kristiinankaupunki, or Kristinestad in Swedish, is a municipality in Finland. Population 8.500. The city was chartered in 1649 at Koppö island. This idyllic town with low wooden houses and narrow alleys is unlike any other place in the Nordic Countries. Kristiinankaupunki has often been called the pearl of the southern part of the Gulf of Bothnia. The town has a shoreline of 370 km's.