main logo
The water level of the Elbe in Pirna currently is -- meters
Settings for accessibility
open menu close menu


Pirna has fostered a partnership with Varkaus since 1961, a Finnish town located around 300 kilometres to the north east of Helsinki in the North Savo region (Central Finland). Varkaus is a small but very modern town with around 21,000 inhabitants and it first gained town privileges in 1962. In terms of economics, the town has focused on its wood processing industry thanks to its large forested areas, as well as energy production and inland waterway transport.

Varkaus is surrounded by beautiful lakes and expansive riverlands - the large Saimaa lake district takes up around 4,370 square metres - with numerous waterways and bridges. The town has even built its own museum to recount the history of how the waterways were built. There is also an array of excellent opportunities to get involved in sports: boat rides, water sports and fishing are the most popular activities in the summertime whilst, as the cold season sets in, Varkaus becomes a veritable winter sports paradise.

There is also a wide variety of cultural activities in get involved in. In addition to the events held in the concert hall and theatre, you can also visit the most diverse range of exhibitions at the many museums or the art centre.

Milestones in the history of the twinned towns

1961Pirna und Varkaus start their friendship
1998The document attesting to twin town status is signed
2003Ten young flood volunteers from Pirna and the surrounding area received funding to travel to Finland with the help of Varkaus and the German-Finnish society
2011Official celebration of the 50-year partnership between Pirna and Varkaus
2015Visit to the music school in Varkaus
201655-year anniversary of the partnership
2017Work of Taru Mäntynen, an artist from Varkaus, is part of the Summer of Sculptures
2019Parts of the Pirna Sculpture Summer can be seen in an exhibition in Varkaus