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Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Verla. Left: the hydroelectric power station with canal. Front center: the locks. The wood mill is partly hidden behind the trees. Right: the manor house.
LocationKymenlaakso, Southern Finland, Finland
CriteriaCultural: (iv)
Inscription1996 (20th Session)
Area22.778 ha (56.29 acres)
Buffer zone88.03 ha (217.5 acres)
Coordinates61°3′43″N 26°38′27″E / 61.06194°N 26.64083°E / 61.06194; 26.64083Coordinates: 61°3′43″N 26°38′27″E / 61.06194°N 26.64083°E / 61.06194; 26.64083
Verla is located in Finland
Location of Verla in Finland

Verla at Jaala, Kouvola, Finland, is a well preserved 19th century mill village and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.


The first groundwood mill at Verla was founded in 1872 by Hugo Neuman[1] but was destroyed in a fire in 1876. A larger groundwood and board mill, founded in 1882 by Gottlieb Kreidl and Louis Haenel, continued to operate until 1964.


The historical paper mill was converted into a museum of board mill technology. The historical machines were preserved in their places (except for several pieces brought from other buildings). A guided tour to the mill follows the technological process from timber cutting and pulp production to board drying, sorting, and packing.


  1. ^ "Maailman kulttuuriperintökohteet maittain - S" (in Finnish). Retrieved 2018-03-27.