The town of Kouvola in south-eastern Finland stands on the National Route 6 highway carrying traffic from Helsinki to the countrys eastern border. Visitors who hire a car in Kouvola will note that the capital is just a 9 minute drive away. The River Kymi loops round the west of the town and to the north are a series of lakes. This means the region offers an abundance of opportunities for sports and relaxation in the surrounding woods and on the water. Highlights include the Repovesi National Park and the Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, a World Heritage Site.