Finland is a hidden gem tucked into the far up North. It is a treasure waiting to be discovered. You will find thousands of reasons to fall in love with Finland; the people, arctic adventures and secrets. And four distinct seasons that continue to call you back. When you think you have seen and experiences it all, then it is time to explore Finland.
Helsinki, young capital of Finland, located on the shore of Gulf of Finland, is the third Largest Nordic city.
Together with the cities of Espoo, Vantaa, and Kauniainen, and surrounding commuter towns, Helsinki forms the Greater Helsinki metropolitan area, which has a population of over 1.5 million, that makes Helsinki the most populous city of Finland.
Helsinki was the World Design Capital for 2012, the venue for the 1952 Summer Olympics, and the host of the 52nd Eurovision Song Contest in 2007.
While Finland is considered to be the happiest country of the world, Helsinki is justifiably the city with the highest standards of living in the world!
Staying in Helsinki don`t miss these important landmarks of the city:
– Helsinki Cathedral/ Helsingin tuomiokirkko, the most prominent building in the city and the Statue of Alexander II, Tsar of Russia and Grand Duke of Finland located on the Senate Square by the Cathedral
– Uspensky Cathedral/ Uspenskin katedraali, the main cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Finland
– Sibelius Monument/ Sibelius-monumentti was dedicated to the most famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
– Rock Church/ Temppeliaukion kirkko, located in the very heart of the city, was excavated directly into solid rock!
– the Chapel of Silence or Kamppi Chapel/ Kampin kappeli, having relaxing wood facade and warm lighting that floods its interior walls, offers refuge and the feeling of amazing peace in the heart of the capital
– modern and extremely popular library Oodi/ Helsingin keskustakirjasto Oodi, built in ecomodernism style, was visited by more than 2 million people in 2019 and rapidly became a hallmark of modern Finnish architecture and construction
Architecture history of Helsinki vary from neoclassicism to ecomodernism. Helsinki is a home to numerous Art Nouveau-influenced buildings influenced by Kalevala, which was a common theme of the era. Helsinki’s Art Nouveau style is featured in central districts, such as Katajanokka and Ullanlinna. These rows of bright buildings with single facade create unique and totally charming atmosphere of this Nordic city!
Functionalist buildings in Helsinki include the Olympic Stadium, the Tennis Palace, the Rowing Stadium, the Swimming Stadium, the Velodrome, the Glass Palace, the Töölö Sports Hall, and Helsinki-Malmi Airport.
This city definitely has a strong character, but absolutely warm soul and kind heart!
Good to Know
Read the basic info and some facts about Finland!
Finland has 311 municipalities (2017). They tend to be small, more than half of the municipalities have fewer than 6,000 residents. The smallest municipality, the Swedish-speaking town of Sottunga, has no more than a hundred residents (2015), whereas the number of residents in Finland’s capital Helsinki is some 630,000 (2015). The largest municipality by area is Inari in Northern Finland (15.055 km2) and the smallest is Kauniainen in the Helsinki metropolitan area (5.9 km2). The small municipalities account for about half of the land area, but only for 15 per cent of the population and for about 10 per cent of all jobs. The smallest municipalities in the Finnish archipelago have fewer than 200 residents.
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