Helsinki Finland

Helsinki Finland

Having developed late as a European city, Helsinki is unique in that it doesn’t have a Medieval past. In the late 13th century, Swedes began colonizing the coastline of the Helsinki area but it wasn’t until the 1500’s that the town of Helsinki was born. It was first established by King Gustav I of Sweden as a trading town. Later, the Russians took control of Finland and moved the capital from Turku to Helsinki which brought the city closer to St. Petersburg. Old Helsinki has the distinction of having been designed by the Russians and has an overall feel similar to St. Petersburg. 

Helsinki Videos: This 3-minute Rick Steves’s video is a good introduction to Helsinki. This delightful 6-minute video provides a wonderful personal view of Helsinki.

FunFacts about Finland: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Helsinki is the capital and most populous city of Finland. Located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, it is the seat of the region of Uusimaa in southern Finland, and has a population of 650,058. The city’s urban area has a population of 1,268,296, making it by far the most populous urban area in Finland as well as the country’s most important center for politics, education, finance, culture, and research. (Source)
  • Helsinki is located 50 miles or 80 kilometres north of Tallinn, Estonia, 250 miles or 400 km east of Stockholm, Sweden, and 190 miles or 300 km west of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Finland has close historical ties with each of these cities.
  • Helsinki is the world’s northernmost metropolitan area.
  • In 1952, Helsinki hosted the Summer Olympics.
  • With high living standards, the British magazine Monocle ranked Helsinki the world’s most livable city in 2011.
  • In 1550, Helsinki was established as a trading town by King Gustav I of Sweden and was known as Helsingfors. In 1812, Russian Emperor Alexander I of Russia moved the Finnish capital from Turku to Helsinki to reduce Swedish influence in Finland, and to bring the capital closer to Saint Petersburg.
  • Helsinki is known as the ‘Daughter of the Baltic’ because of its location on the tip of a peninsula as well as encompassing some 315 islands. Some of the major islands include: 
  • Helsinki has 11,000 boat berths. With 60 species of fish found in this area, recreational fishing is a popular Helsinki sport.
  • Helsinki has a humid continental climate similar to that of Hokkaido or Nova Scotia
  • In the winter, Finland’s daylight lasts just under 6 hours with the sun very low in the sky. Summers are very comfortable with a mild range of 19 to 22 °C (66 to 72 °F).
  • Finnish and Swedish are the official languages of Helsinki.
  • 140 different nationalities live in Helsinki.
  • The largest historical museum in Helsinki is the National Museum of Finland, which displays an extensive historical collection from prehistoric times to the 21st century.

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