Welcome to Helsinki!

Welcome to Helsinki

Picture: Visit Finland

Helsinki is a surprising city that enchants visitors with its diverse urban culture, the proximity of nature and its friendliness.

The laid-back rhythm of relaxed and compact Helsinki will take you away.

Helsinki is one of Europe’s fastest growing and developing cities.

It is an increasingly international place, where new districts are built right in the inner city.

At the same time, the city has a new type of resource: an urban community life, which makes our city an even better place to live, to study, to visit and to be an entrepreneur.

Helsinki has fascinating contrasts.

There is a unique, recognisable style and atmosphere that we inhabitants can be proud of.

Helsinki is full of wonderful surprises just waiting to be discovered.

Our city welcomes you with open arms to enjoy its vibrant urban culture, a high level of expertise and lively start-up culture, the ever-present nature and sea and the friendliness and openness of the locals.

Located between East and West, absorbing influences from both sides, Helsinki is a dynamic and future-oriented city that combines both trends and traditions in its own special way.

Layers of fine architecture, functional design, a playful and often surprising food culture, an extensive range of events, both large and small, intertwine to form a fascinating capital that offers experiences in all seasons of the year.

The cityscape in Helsinki harmoniously combines elements of Neoclassicism, Art Nouveau, Alvar Aalto and contemporary architecture, offering a fascinating journey through the changing styles of past centuries.

If you venture beyond the city centre, you will discover many fascinating districts, each one more delightful than the next!

There is plenty to see and experience in Kruununhaka, Punavuori, Kallio, Vallila and if you happen to be design savvy, Arabia in particular, because you will find Iittala & Arabia Design Centre there. 

Helsinki is full of surprises.

Please take a look at the brand new My Helsinki digital service myhelsinki.fi and discover your own favourite places. 

Have a great time in our lovely city and let Helsinki’s laid-back rhythm take you away,


Marja-Leena Rinkineva 

Director of Economic Development 

The Economic Development division 

City of Helsinki

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