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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30 thoughts on “Helsinki Finland

  1. I’ve never traveled to Europe at all, but Helsinki would be on my list if I got lucky enough to travel abroad. Love the photo of the boats at dusk, so beautiful!

  2. It’s interesting that Helsinki has a more recent history compared to many other European cities. Visiting in the summer sounds nice based on the average temperature!

  3. Love the beautiful pictures! I enjoyed watching the videos especially the second one. Helsinki looks like a very interesting place to visit which I would ove to do one day.

  4. I am from Virginia. I love the pictures and the video was awesome. I have never been to Europe but if I ever got the chance Helsinki would be a wonderful place to visit. I loved seeing the beautiful roofs and the landscape. Thanks for the chance

  5. Love all the pictures – can’t pick just one. Enjoyed the videos. That is one country I would love to visit, it’s just beautiful and all the different colored buildings and of course the old architecture. AZ

  6. I’ve never visited that area before but just looking at the clear skies lovely surroundings, I know it would be a wonderful place to go. The frozen waterfall made me shiver, but so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

    Fort Myers, Florida

  7. I loved this article. I’m half Finn and nearly made it to Finland. I could see it across the Baltic Sea. My cousin is currently visiting in Finland and I’m enjoying her Facebook entries. What a beautiful city. I never knew the history before. Thank you so much for the delightful education.

  8. have never been there. Love the old sailing ship–I’m sure there’s a more appropriate name for the type of boat, but, alas, that’s not my forte`.

    denise from maryland

  9. I’ve never been but I had an exchange student friend from Helsinki in HS. I was his tutor in many classes. Just had to make sure he understood because he was very smart.
    NE Ohio

  10. So lovely, I enjoy the colorful houses and the sunsets gorgeous.As always Ricks video was wonderful.

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  12. The winter waterfall sent shivers all over my body. The sunset beautiful and the city at night is romantic. Would love to visit in the summer, such great temps.

  13. I would love to checkout that museum. I bet there is a lot of interesting historical things to see in there. Alberta Canada

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