- KatajanokkaHelsinki, the capital of Finland, is a modern city with over half a million residents and is situated on the Baltic Sea. Founded in 1550, the "Daughter of the Baltic" has been the Finnish capital since 1812, when it was rebuilt by the tsars of Russia along the lines of a miniature St. Petersburg, a role it has played in many a Cold War movie. The archipelago that surrounds Helsinki with hundreds of tiny islands creates an idyllic environment for cruises or day trips. Finland is a safe and reliable destination, easily accessible from all over the world. Helsinki is unique among Northern European cities. The lifestyle in the second-most northern capital city in the world is full of contrasts and activities in the form of hundreds of events and friendly people. Finnish design has also made the country’s capital city world famous.

 - Helsinki Senate squareFinland is perhaps best known for its peacefulness and beautiful nature. Vast forests, a unique archipelago and thousands of lakes present a striking mixture of wooded hills and waters. In addition to its mystical northern nature, Finland is also a modern Nordic country with a high standard of living and advanced economy and technology.

The central hub of Helsinki is around the bustling seafront Kauppatori (Market Square). Here, locals gather to lunch, shop for fresh fish and vegetables and buy produce from the market stalls. From this point, the architectural heart of Helsinki, Senaatintori (Senate Square), is a five-minute walk away. Other important sights in Helsinki are: Alvar Aalto's Finlandia Hall and Steven Holl's Kiasma - the curvaceous contemporary art gallery, Helsinki Cathedral, one of the city’s symbols, the Presidential Palace, the Helsinki Opera House, Uspenski Cathedral and the Sibelius Monument, which honors the country’s most highly-revered composer.

The fortress of Suomenlinna, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is spread over seven islands and is a top Helsinki attraction.

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