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10 Fun to Know Facts about Helsinki


What do you know about Helsinki?
It’s the Finland’s capital.
That’s good start.
Here are 10 more fun to know facts about Helsinki!

When Helsinki was Founded?

Helsinki was founded in 1550 as a trading post.

When Helsinki became Capital?

Helsinki became the capital of Finland in 1812.

Helsinki is the Second Northernmost Capital in the World

After Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik, Helsinki is the second northernmost capital in the world.

Helsinki Day is celebrated in June

Helsinki Day is celebrated on June 12th.

Helsinki is a Seaside City

Located on the shores of Gulf of Finland, Helsinki has a shoreline of 131 km and has 327 islands.

Helsinki is the Biggest City in Finland

With a population of almost 660 000, Helsinki is Finland’s biggest city. About 12 % of the Finns live in the capital city.

The World’s Northernmost Metro is in Helsinki

Helsinki Metro, opened in 1982, is the northernmost underground railway network in the world.

Lux Helsinki is an annual Light Festival

The most popular event in the city is Lux Helsinki, an annual light festival with over half a million visitors.

Helsinki has 67 Hotels

There are 67 hotels in Helsinki with almost 24 000 beds (2021).

Linnanmäki Amusement Park is the most Popular Tourist Attraction

The most popular tourist attraction in Helsinki is the Linnanmäki amusement park with about 700 000 visitors a year (2021).

Helsinki Statistics
Lux Helsinki
Suomen Ilmakuva / Helsinki Partners / Helsinki Material Bank