April 30, 2008

Helsinki

Posted in Blogging, Culture, Finland, Guide, Nature, Photo, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Travel, Trip, Vacation at 1:36 pm by finlandtrip

Helsinki (in Finnish; listen ), or Helsingfors (in Swedish; listen ) is the capital and largest city of Finland. It is in the southern part of Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, by the Baltic Sea. The population of the city of Helsinki is 569,892 (31 March 2008)[1], making it the most populous municipality in Finland by a wide margin.

Helsinki is Finland’s administrative center and the center of Finnish cultural life and business activity. There is a large and varied collection of shopping, nightlife, restaurants, sports, museums, galleries, and performance spaces in the city. Helsinki hosts many education and research institutes such as Helsinki University. Helsinki-Vantaa airport is 40 minutes from the city center. Many major company headquarters are in Helsinki.

Helsinki, along with the neighbouring cities of Vantaa, Espoo, and Kauniainen, constitutes what is known as the capital region, with over 1,000,000 inhabitants. The Greater Helsinki area contains several additional municipalities and has a population of over 1,300,000.[1]

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