Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a modern city with over half a million residents and is situated on the Baltic Sea. In 2000 Helsinki was an official European City of Culture while celebrating its 450th anniversary. In 2012 the city celebrates its year as World Design Capital. Hundreds of events related to design culture will be staged throughout the year. At the same time Helsinki is celebrating its 200th anniversary as the capital of Finland. This historical year will also be brought to life with a wide range of special events.
Helsinki is unique among Northern European cities. The lifestyle in the second-most northern capital city in the world is full of contrasts and activities in the form of hundreds of events and friendly people. Helsinki’s identity has been formed by cultural influences from both the East and West.
Several architectural layers and the impact of different periods can be clearly seen in Helsinki. Finnish design has also made the country’s capital city world famous. The beauty of the surrounding nature and archipelago blends seamlessly together with high-tech achievements, while old traditions mix with the latest contemporary trends.
Visitors truly appreciate Helsinki’s laid-back atmosphere and the city also attracts attention for its fashion, food, music and lively club culture.
Our city is your city! Enjoy your stay!