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The main theme at the Degerby Igor Museum is the lease period of Porkkala 1944-1956, which was a consequence of the Continuation War between Finland and the Soviet Union. The lease period of Porkkala was a unique and unbelievable epoch in the politic history of Finland. It was also a severe threat to the Finnish independence. Only now doors are opening and new information is coming to the surface and the interest in this period increases.

What was the everyday life like for the civilians living in the Porkkala base 1944-1956?

What was found on the area after the Soviet lease period in 1956?

What about the snakes in Porkkala in 1956?

And who was Igor?

We do not have the answers to all the questions we are asked, but we do know now why the Soviets painted houses in blue and today we know much more about the people living in the base, called Porkkala-Udd . The lease period is always our main theme, new stories, pictures and facts from  the naval base 1944-1956 keep reaching us. Our guides will be happy to tell you more!

Read more under the topics to the left.

You can also find information about our museum in the Cold War Portal of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies.


The exhibitions for the season 2019 give you a lot of new answers about this outstanding period in the history of Finland. The main themes:

  • Preparing for a nuclear war
  • Love knows no borders!
  • Departure from the happy village
  • Return




The Lotta's hard work

The Lotta Svärd organization for voluntary women during the war had its own section in Degerby. The Lotta's remember the long, cold winters when lots of woolen clothes were needed. They spent several hours in the observation towers and alarmed when an unknown war plane was approaching.

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