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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Location Kouvola[1], Finland Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates 61°03′43″N 26°38′24″E / 61.061992°N 26.640016°E / 61.061992; 26.640016
Criteria Cultural: (iv) Edit this on Wikidata[2]
Reference 751
Inscription 1996 (20th Session)
Verla is located in Finland
Location of Verla

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 Nauman 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.


Historical equipment in the museum.