Koverhar has already been mentioned in history writings in the early 14th century, although then as a small village called Karffuesarhe or Karffusarhe. But for most (Finns), the name Koverahar means steel. The steel mill located in the area for several decades was a working place of the toughest, and provided – besides hard work – a living for hundreds of inhabitants of Hanko. In 2012, the story of the steel was over, and as the huge steel factory was taken down, it was time to look towards the future.
The future of the area looks promising. Next generation companies will appreciate the excellent location, safe environment, stability and easy access by road, rail & sea of a new 400 hectare business park with a year-round port access. Koverhar provides existing infrastructure, services and facilities that are ready to use.
The new Koverhar Business Port is located next to Koverhar Harbour. Since 2015, Koverhar Harbour has been run by the Port of Hanko, the fastest growing port in Finland with excellent connections to continental Europe and over 100 years of know-how.
“The Hanko branch from the C-Lion1 submarine cable lays the foundation for attracting completely new and modern industrial operations in the region. The connection is vitally important for jobs and regional development.”
Denis Strandell, Mayor, City of Hanko
“The connection will play a key role in developing the region into a significant hub of international data traffic between Frankfurt, Stockholm, and Helsinki.”
Henrik Ekblom, CEO, Karjaan Puhelin
Koverhar & The City of Hanko
The city of Hanko is one of the most industrialised cities in Southern Finland. One of the targets for future industry in Hanko is focusing on sustainable development. Hanko has joined the national Carbon Neutral Municipalities -project, and has therefore pledged to minimise its greenhouse emissions by 80 % by 2030.
Strengths of the Hanko region and the Koverhar site:
- A vast and unified plot of land, with possible extensions.
- Finland’s largest solar power plant is being developed in the region. Hanko is also the country’s largest continental producer of solar power.
- Cinia’s hyper-fast optical fibre connection to Europe will descend on the city in 2018, a fibre cable from Stockholm already exists and a new connection via the Baltic countries to Europe is being planned. Hanko is situated at the crossing of these optical fibre connections.
- Koverhar has its own port (part of the Port of Hanko) that is ready to be exploited.
- Hanko is the most industrialised city in the county of Uusimaa, so the required infrastructure and skilled labour is already available.
- Koverhar is already connected to the rail network.
- Hanko has a large economic free zone.
- Due to its mild climate, heating costs are the lowest in the country. And due to the northern climate the cooling costs are also low!
- The city of Hanko is committed to offering its full support to ensure new success!
Hanko Area (In Finnish)