Helsinki - Where East meets West

Helsinki is a modern city, which is perfectly situated on the Baltic Sea and home to more than half a million residents and is the centre of Finland’s administrative, educational and cultural life. It is also the finance and business centre of the country. Together with its neighbouring cities, Helsinki is part of a larger metropolitan area, which encompasses more than one million inhabitants.

The city is full of contrasts: with its abundance of bright sunlight in the summer, followed by a dark yet cosy and atmospheric winter; modern and cutting edge, yet steeped in a fascinating past; a cosmopolitan and compact capital where form follows function, and where both sea and deep forests are just a stone’s throw away. Helsinki is unique among the Northern European cities. The lifestyle in the second-most northern capital city in the world is full of opportunities, including a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, beautiful nature, hundreds of events and friendly people.

Helsinki’s identity has been formed by cultural influences from both East and West. The impact of different historical periods can be clearly seen in the city, with over 450 years of history and several architectural layers. The beauty of the surrounding nature blends seamlessly with high-tech achievements and design, allowing old traditions to mix with the latest contemporary trends.

Everything is nearby – Helsinki is a pocket-sized metropolis that is ideal for visitors. Helsinki is known for its attractive architecture, high quality of life and its inhabitants’ unique quality of being both laid-back and forward-thinking.

The Helsinki nights are filled with music, people, and electricity. The city has an active nightlife throughout the year, and there is a good mix of styles to suit all tastes. Although Helsinki may not compete with other cities in terms of the amount of nightlife on offer, the city prides itself on the high quality of activities available and its wide range of clubs, restaurants, bars, music venues and theaters, offering numerous choices and price levels.

Comparing to price levels in Europe, Helsinki rates as average. Finland became part of the European Monetary Union in 2005 and is the only Nordic country using the Euro as currency. Helsinki is also the most affordable of the Nordic capitals according to the Mercer Cost of Living Survey.

Helsinki is one of the safest cities in Europe and friendly towards residents and visitors alike thanks to its cleanliness and functional urban planning.

Food hygiene and the quality of drinking water are of the highest order and are matched by the city’s other essential services. Helsinki’s experience and expertise in hosting major events is world-class.

Both Helsinki and its residents have a personality and charm that are easy to get to know. The people are open and uncomplicated, regardless of whether they are serving customers or enjoying their time off. The city is open to new winds and trends, as demonstrated by the trendy and laid-back atmosphere. Studies have shown that visitors truly appreciate Helsinki’s unique and multilingual residents.

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