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A land of one million saunas

A land of one million saunas

Picture: Visit Finland You could start your adventure into the other side of Finland by visiting a sauna. It is something you have perhaps heard a...
2017 – the centenary of Finland’s independence

2017 – the centenary of Finland’s independence

Picture: Visit Finland 2017 is Finland’s big year as the country marks its 100 years of independence. The year is celebrated through...
The Finnish Way

The Finnish Way

Picture: Visit Helsinki Congratulations! You have chosen to visit Finland, the safest and most eco-friendly country in the world. Finland is a...

Shopping

Shopping Malls

Shopping Malls

Design Icon Marimekko has several shops in Helsinki selling fresh and colourful products from clothing and accessoires to household items. Picture...
Shop 'til you drop in Helsinki

Shop 'til you drop in Helsinki

Helsinki is a shopping paradise for design lovers. Picture: Jussi Hellsten / Visit Helsinki Media Bank Shopping in the centre of Helsinki is a p...
Design district

Design district

Design District Helsinki is a large cluster of stores, restaurants and more, with creativity as the common factor aside from their location, sprea...

Sightseeing

Attracted to Helsinki – Sights and attractions

Attracted to Helsinki – Sights and attractions

  Helsinki is a pocket-sized city and its sights are almost within a walking distance. Still, there is plenty to see in Helsinki. IF YOU ARRIVE i...
Attractions for children 

Attractions for children 

 Linnanmäki The amusement park at Linnanmäki is Finland’s most-visited attraction, and its spring opening is a major annual event on the calenda...

Sport

A variety of ways of taking some exercise

A variety of ways of taking some exercise

The Nuuksio National Park is a lovely, unspoilt spot just a short drive away from Helsinki. Picture: Aku Pöllänen / Visit Finland    In addition t...
In winter, you can go skating in the middle of the city!

In winter, you can go skating in the middle of the city!

Picture: Ice Park There is a skating rink at Rautatientori next to the railway station, and another in Kallio, a few tram stops away from the ce...
Helsinki - Sporty daughter of the Baltic

Helsinki - Sporty daughter of the Baltic

The Swimming Stadium is open every day during the summer months. / KOPTERCAMERA OY / CITY OF HELSINKI Helsinki offers a lot to see and do for a sp...

Music

Music for the masses

Music for the masses

Finlandia Talo. Picture: Rauno Traskeli From the Opera House, if you continue down the main thoroughfare Mannerheimintie in the direction of the...
National Opera and Ballet celebrate centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017

National Opera and Ballet celebrate centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017

Finnish National Opera Helsinki Chamber Music Festival (July 4th–6th, 2017) is an interesting newcomer in the Helsinki festival scene. It brings c...
Reason to make a song and dance

Reason to make a song and dance

Picture: Laura Rotko / Visit Helsinki For a city of only half a million inhabitants, Helsinki enjoys a remarkably rich mix of cultural fare, off...

Gastronomy

A Cavalcade of Four Gastronomic Seasons

A Cavalcade of Four Gastronomic Seasons

Picture: Elina Manninen / Visit Finland Finnish cuisine reflects the country’s location between east and west. You can also taste the endless s...
A variety of fish dishes 

A variety of fish dishes 

  A survey of a Finnish buffet table will give a fair impression of the variety and range of Finnish cuisine. Although quite similar to the Swedis...
Local delicacies

Local delicacies

The four seasons and local specialities create a colourful display across the markets of Finland. In Tampere, for example, they sell hot black sau...

Discover Helsinki

Architecture

It started as a modest town

It started as a modest town

  Finland was part of the Swedish empire until the early nineteenth century. Helsinki was founded in 1550 by King Gustavus I Wasa at the mouth of ...
Architecture in Helsinki – A mixture of east and west

Architecture in Helsinki – A mixture of east and west

 Eira district What does Helsinki have to offer visitors interested in architecture? Both architecturally and culturally, Helsinki is an idiosyncr...
Explore architectural showpieces 

Explore architectural showpieces 

Uspenski Cathedral  Heading back from Seurasaari, you pass close to several other main Helsinki attractions. One of these is the Sibelius monument...

Design

Plastic, fibreglass and textiles 

Plastic, fibreglass and textiles 

Kuplat, designed by Yki Nummi, is a Finish design classic dating back to 1959. Picture: Sakke Somerma / Visit Helsinki Media Bank The 1960s saw a ...
The heyday of art glass

The heyday of art glass

Functionality and enduring design are in the core of Iittala's design philosophy. Founded in 1881, Iittala started as a glass manufacturer. Today...
Finnish Design - a brief introduction

Finnish Design - a brief introduction

The Aalto Vase (also known as the Savoy Vase) is a world famous piece of glassware and an iconic piece of Finnish design created by Alvar Aalto an...

Art

National fervour and symbolism

National fervour and symbolism

  The plein-air method drove Finnish artists out among real subjects: the peasantry and genuine nature. Artists, who usually had an upper-class ba...
From rococo to realism

From rococo to realism

The Three Smiths statue Profane, so-called free art, had its hesitant origin in Finland in the 18th century Isak Wacklin’s rococo portraits and in...
Art treasures of the city

Art treasures of the city

  The history and present state of Finnish art can be studied intimately in the various art museums, galleries and special collections in and arou...

Transport

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

  There are several companies arranging Hop-on hop-off sightseeing tours in Helsinki. Most of the buses have a stop at the Senate Square or nearb...
Boat Services

Boat Services

  It is easy to overlook one of Helsinki’s main attractions: the extensive archipelago. In the summer, boat tours operate from the Market Square. ...
Getting around Helsinki

Getting around Helsinki

  Helsinki is well served by public transport networks. You can start your exploration of the city’s many landmarks by taking tram no. 2 with its...

Restaurants

Stylish and independent

Stylish and independent

The trend in Helsinki now calls for independently owned, chef-run bistros. Many of these restaurants are quite small, so a reservation is recomm...
Stars and classics

Stars and classics

Helsinki’s top-rated restaurants offer high-quality food in stylish settings. Many of the best restaurants are located either in the city centre...
Fresh and local – Restaurants in Helsinki

Fresh and local – Restaurants in Helsinki

Take a culinary trip around Helsinki and fall in love with the versality and pureness of Finnish cuisine.  For a small city, Helsinki can offer...

Information

Currency

Currency

Currency Finland is one of the European Union countries using the euro. Notes are issued in the following denominations: 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 1...
Climate

Climate

  Helsinki has four distinct seasons. The light-drenched, warm summer contrasts sharply with the dark, cold winter. The main tourist season extend...
Business Hours

Business Hours

Business Hours Shop opening hours were deregulated in 2016 and shop owners are allowed to set their opening hours freely. However, department stor...

Nightlife

Beer and more beer

Beer and more beer

Finland used to have – basically – one beer. All the breweries used to make the same type of lager with almost no alternatives. Now, luckily, t...
Cocktails

Cocktails

Finns have had a reputation of hard drinking. The nation’s favourite drinks have been beer and vodka, but there is a rapidly growing cocktail cul...
Bars and nightlife and no dress-codes

Bars and nightlife and no dress-codes

Helsinki has a lively bar culture catering for every taste. The nightlife warms up for the weekend with eager partyers swinging from bar to bar. B...