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Welcome to City of Helsinki
Helsinki is the capital of Finland and home to nearly 600,000 people. Situated on the shore of the Gulf of Finland in southern Finland, the city is considered a major political, financial, cultural and educational hub of the country, as well as the whole of Europe. Much of the city resides on three major islands, with several smaller islands included also. With breathtaking architecture from historic times and any modern conveniences you could hope for, the city is an excellent destination for hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Visitors will find plenty of accommodations, as well as a thriving nightlife with pubs and bars. Shopping is plentiful, with the latest styles in stores at all times.
The city was founded by King Gustav I of Sweden in 1550, though it did not begin to grow into the thriving metropolis it is today until much later. Many of the structure from that era still stand and are excellent places of interest to visit when in the city. Guests of the city will also enjoy visiting the Olympic Stadium where the games were hosted in 1952, the Tennis Palace, the Glass Palace, Suomenlinna, and the Helsinki Cathedral. Other attractions include dozens of museums for art and education, three major theatres, and several sports arenas. The city enjoys a thriving cultural environment that takes pride in the city's history.
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There are two airports in the Helsinki area, including the Helsinki Airport and the Malmi Airport. Both are located within a few short miles of the city. There is a thriving municipal bus system, as well as trams, a commuter rail, a subway, and two ferry lines. Traveling inside the city is quite easy, even for those who have never before visited. Some tourist tips suggest using taxi services if travel is too confusing or your destination is not within walking distance.