Welcome to Helsinki - by Helsinki Mayor Jan Vapaavuori

Welcome to Helsinki

Photo: Peter Schoonen

Dear reader,

You’ve made an excellent decision in coming to Helsinki!

Well, I’m the city’s mayor, so I would say that, wouldn’t I?

But indeed, I can back up my statements of Helsinki’s excellence with statistics and ratings: Last year was tourismwise a record year for Helsinki, and we saw a 15% increase in international tourists.

People aren’t visiting just for pleasure, though. Last year Helsinki was the most popular congress city in the Nordics as well.

And should you wish to stay longer, you might be pleased to hear that we rank #1 in rankings that measure quality of life, satisfaction with the place people live in, as well as honesty – just to name a few.

Whether you are here for business or pleasure, I’m sure you will find what you are looking for in Helsinki.

Our unique location right by the sea makes for inspirational and beautiful morning runs, afternoon coffee breaks or just moments of calm along the beach.

In Helsinki you will find diverse neighbourhoods, easy access to one of the best airports in the world (the best in fact, according to one survey) and a bustling, interesting restaurant scene that caters to all sorts of wants, needs, cravings and budgets. 

Helsinki is a compact, walkable. fun city, where modern urban life meets a beautiful, diverse environment.

Helsinki lives and breathes throughout every season of the year. But don’t take just my word for it.

We believe that locals are the best guides to a city.

While we sadly can’t assign a personal local for each visitor, as the tech-savvy people we are, we have collected all the best local guides into one service: myhelsinki.fi.

It’s available in English, Finnish, Swedish, Russian, Japanese and German. Now go and follow in the footsteps of the locals!

The strategy of our city begins with the words ”Helsinki is for a good life”.

We don’t mean that just for residents, we mean it also for all visitors and other new friends.

I hope to see you back soon.

Jan Vapaavuori

Mayor of Helsinki



Market Square


Photo: Peter Schoonen

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