Helsinki - A Nordic capital through and through
Location: A metropolis in the Gulf of Finland
Helsinki is located in the Uusimaa region in the south of Finland. The airport serves flights both internationally and domestically destinations. Long-distance train, bus, and ferry lines connect to all over the country and other European states as well. Despite its location on the Vantaa River, there are only nine smaller lakes on the municipal area.
Business: An economy built on services and manufacturing
Key business areas are services and manufacturing, which account for 65% and 35% of the municipal economy respectively. The most prominent industries are electronics, machinery, and production of vehicles, and there are trade fairs and conferences throughout the year dedicated to all these business areas. Numerous banks and the Helsinki Stock Exchange make the capital city the financial centre of the country.
Culture: Getting to know Helsinki's history
Locals are fiercely proud of where they come from, and visiting museums of the city will show you why. The Mannerheim Museum is the most popular museum in Helsinki, showcasing the life of the Finnish military leader Carl Mannerheim, who is credited with fostering Finland’s independence from Russia. Seurasaari Open-Air Museum is well worth a visit, paying tribute to Finnish architectural structures dating from the 17th century.
Activities: Relax, the Finnish way
Sometimes, you just need to relax and relieve your stresses in a sauna. Instead of booking yourself into a fancy spa, when in Helsinki, you should visit the legendary public Kotiharjun Sauna. It is fuelled entirely with wood, and it’s a great place to chat with others as you unwind. You can even bring your own beer and snacks with you!