Helsinki is the relaxed but active capital of the Republic of Finland. Located in the Baltic Sea it has been influenced by cultures around it, making it the modern city it is today.
Helsinki has over half a million residents. Together with its surrounding cities Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen it is home for 1,3 million people.
In 2012 Helsinki celebrates its 200th anniversary as Finland's capital city. During the year, the city will host the IIHF World Championship as well as the European Championship in Athletics. It is also the World Design Capital 2012, a title given by International Council of Societies of Industrial Design.
Nordic design, nature and technology mixed with old traditions make Helsinki exciting. The old empire style quarters in downtown, museums, galleries and design shops, beautiful parks, and the surrounding isles are just a few examples of things to see and experience in Helsinki.
Source: Helsinki City Official Tourism Website