The city of Kokkola stands in the west of Finland, on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia, 3 miles north of Helsinki. It is the capital of the Central Ostrobothnia region. Visitors who hire a car here can explore the highlights of the area, including the pretty little lighthouse island of Tankar in the outer archipelago. The Toivonen Animal Park and Peasants’ Museum presents an intriguing mix of family fun and rural history. Tourists should look out too for fishing museums at both Öja and Ohtakari seaside villages.