The Cultural Guild of Houtskär
and the Archipelago Museum
Houtskär is a small part of the city of Pargas, which is situated in the southwest Finland, as it's westernmost part. Houtskär consists of about 700 islands of different size. Inhabitants living on the islands was by the turn of the years 2010 - 2011 about 560 persons.In addition to these permanent residents, there are about 800 holiday homes with their part time residents.
The diversified nature and the in species rich vegetation are owing to the calcareous soil, good climate and traditionally managed agricultural land. Houtskär is included in its entirety in the archipelago's biosphere reserve and partly in the Archipelago Sea National Park.
There are two grocery stores with hardware sections, bank, post office, health station and a church, consecrated to St. Mary in the Näsby village center. At Houtskär, the orchid "Adam and Eve", Houtskär's parish flower grows. The orchid is protected and can not be found in many other places in Finland.