Architecture

The yellow city is born

The yellow city is born

The spacious town plan gives Helsinki a horizontal skyline. Photo: ELISE KULMALA /HELSINKI MARKETING In 1808, Russia invaded Finland. One year la...

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 the River Vanda, to compete with the Hanseatic port of Tallinn across the Baltic, and to boost trade with Russia