Granskär

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63°07'18"N
021°28'30"E
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 Finland
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Granskär (Swedish: Granskär, Finnish: Kuusisaari) is an island in the Kvarken ("The Throat"), the narrowest part of the Gulf of Bothnia in the northern part of the Baltic sea. It has few inhabitants, almost all Swedish-speaking. Granskär belongs to the municipality of Vaasa. The area has been inhabited since before the time of Swedish dominion over Finland; the first habitations can be traced to at least the 11th century and possibly earlier.Granskär is part of a larger archipelago and most of the smaller islands around Replot have traditionally been used as fishing camps. Today the buildings are generally used as summer cottages since maritime activities play a large part in the culture of the region. Fishing is nowadays mostly a recreational activity, but there are still a number of professional fishermen active in the archipelago. A large part of the Kvarken archipelago has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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