Building the town of Kostomuksha was directly linked with the establishment of an iron mine and refinery nearby. The construction of this new town near a former Kontokki village was carried out as an extensive Finnish-Soviet co-operation project in the years 1973–1985. At present, there are a little over 30,000 inhabitants in Kostomuksha. The Culture and Museum Centre of Kostomuksha cherish and preserve the cultural traditions of this developing town and the regional history in many ways. There is a spa-type swimming pool and a variety of wellbeing services available in Kostomuksha. One will find an extensive list of Kostomuksha’s services on its web site.