Located on the Gulf of Finland a step away from the Russian border, Helsinki owes its charm more than to the monuments and beautiful buildings to the wonderful natural environment that surrounds it. The numerous parks and beaches make it very pleasant especially in summer, when due to its latitude it acquires a very special charm.
3 days in Helsinki is enough time to see the majority of the city and enjoy it. The Helsinki Card is a good choice in order to get access to major attractions.
The best time to visit it is between May and September when the temperatures are a bit milder (with a maximum of 26°C in July).
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Helsinki is a modern city even if the ancient Swedish imprint remains visible. At the beginning of the 19th century, however, it was the Tsars, who had taken Finland from the Swedes, who made Helsinki the new capital of the region. The buildings built in that period, preserved with great care, give the city a vague resemblance to the Petersburg atmosphere. The city is the result of a mixture of different cultures but the Russian one is predominant for historical reason, in particular for the cathedral. Helsinki represents a city aimed at the future, which aims at livability, at the mixture of nature and city, design and green architecture. Evereything is close at hand: parks, beaches, mountains, navigable canals… you are spoiled for choice.
Located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, in the souther region of the nordic country. It’s 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Tallinn, Estonia, 400 km (250 mi) east of Stockholm, Sweden, and 300 km (190 mi) west of Saint Petersburg, Russia. It has close historical ties with these three cities.
Helsinki has one of the world’s highest standards of urban living. In 2011, the British magazine Monocle ranked Helsinki the world’s most liveable city in its liveable cities index. In the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2016 liveability survey, Helsinki was ranked ninth among 140 cities. In July 2021, the American magazine Time ranked Helsinki one of the greatest places in the world in 2021 as a city that “can grow into a sprouting cultural nest in the future,” and which has already been known in the world as an environmental pioneer. An international Cities of Choice survey conducted in 2021 by the consulting firm Boston Consulting Group and the BCG Henderson Institute raised Helsinki the third best city in the world to live, with London and New York City ranking the first and the second. Also, together with Rovaniemi in the Lapland region, Helsinki is one of Finland’s most significant tourist cities in terms of foreign tourism.
Helsinki Day is an annual celebration in Finland, held on 12 June, to celebrate the city of Herlsinki. In that period the city is visited by more than one hundred thousand people and a medal is awaerded to the most deserving local citizens.