2. Learn about the local history
The City´s history is actually pretty interesting. Lappeenranta has been under both Swedish and Russian reign. The Swedish Kingdom and the Russian empire actually fought in Lappeenranta during the Russo-Swedish war in the 18th century which resulted in Russian victory. The city was however founded by Swedish queen Christina in 1649. She named the city Vilmanstrand which means the wild man´s shore in Swedish. At the time, Lappeenranta was a rather small town and perhaps, the locals were considered somewhat barbaric, hence the city´s name and the figure depicted on the coat of arms.