Hämeenlinna (Swedish: Tavastehus) is a city and municipality of about 68,000 inhabitants in the heart of the historical province of Häme in the south of Finland. Hämeenlinna is the oldest inland city of Finland and was one of the most important Finnish cities until the 19th century. It still remains an important regional center.
Hämeenlinna is the birthplace of composer Jean Sibelius. Today, it belongs to the region of Tavastia Proper, and until 2010 it was the residence city for the Governor of the province of Southern Finland. Nearby cities include the capital Helsinki (98 km), Tampere (73) and Lahti (72 km). The medieval Häme Castle (Hämeen linna) is located in the city. One of the important sights is also in Hämeenlinna is the Sibelius House, the birth place of the national composer of Finland, Jean Sibelius.
The municipalities of Hauho, Kalvola, Lammi, Renko and Tuulos were consolidated with Hämeenlinna on 1 January 2009. The city hosted the modern pentathlon competition for the 1952 Summer Olympics in neighboring Helsinki. Hämeenlinna hosted the first round of the Underwater Rugby Euroleague in October 2012 and again in 2015. The Ahvenisto race circuit, opened in 1967, hosts many motorsport happenings.
Seminaari School is the largest public primary school in the city of Hämeenlinna with over 700 students and 70 staff members. The school used to serve as a teacher training school until 2012. The school has special learning paths for students studying in Swedish and English. Seminaari School has implemented inclusive education since the reformation of the Special Needs Act in 2009. The over arching slogan for the school work is to be a School for All by making sure of the well-being both the students and staff members.