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Lapinlahti Mental Hospital and Park - Hidden History in Helsinki

Lapinlahti Mental Hospital and Park - Hidden History in Helsinki

The Lapinlahti former psychiatric hospital was the first of its kind in Finland and, given its historical significance, it is the subject of much present-day interest. Efforts to both preserve and adapt its usage have earned it a nomination for the European Heritage Award 2019.

Helsinki Christmas Market

Helsinki Christmas Market

The Helsinki Christmas market at Senate Square is a seasonal favourite and has the distinction of being the oldest and largest annual Christmas market in Helsinki.

A land of one million saunas

A land of one million saunas

You could start your adventure into the other side of Finland by visiting a sauna.

It is something you have perhaps heard about, as sauna is the only Finnish word to have entered the world vocabulary.

To party or not to party?

To party or not to party?

If visiting a sauna left you cold or didn’t give you enough insight into Finnish mentality, perhaps you should witness Finnish holidays or festivals. 

The most important holiday in spring is the two-day carnival-like celebration of May Day (in Finnish vappu.