The little Verla mill community on the borders of Jaala and Valkeala in the Kymi river valley of Southeast Finland dates back to the 1870s, at a time when the region began its development into the leading centre of the Finnish forest industry.
Verla at that time still lived an independent life of its own. Even when it was founded, the Verla groundwood and board mill was among the smallest in Finland, and it never grew much bigger. Yet Verla had a good reputation in trade circles, because people knew they could trust the board produced there.
The story of Verla could have ended when the mill closed down in 1964, but it was not destined to fall into oblivion and decay. On the contrary, Verla became a lasting part of Finland’s cultural history and of world heritage.