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Awarded with the City of Design status by Unesco, Helskinki is a spectacular archipelago that consists of around 330 islands. The place is also most renowned for the modern design heritage, urban nature and food events.
There is no other capital region of over a million inhabitants in the world with so much surrounding nature. Helsinki is the capital of 40 national parks.
Interestingly enough, the culture of Finland combines indigenous heritage with common Nordic, and European culture. There’s no better way to get to the heart of the indigenous culture than to experience the Finish sauna, for example.
Here you will find the Finnish-speaking majority and the Swedish-speaking minority. Helsinki’s locals are extremely open and hospitable, and most speak English fluently. The country's population is ethnically homogeneous with no sizable immigrant population.
You can complete higher education studies for free at the Open University or at the open universities of applied sciences in Finland. University of Helsinki and Aalto University are the two biggest internationally renowned here.
Weekend nights in central Helsinki are dazzling. You can find the nicest venues, as well as jazz bars and night clubs here. There is a stereotype of Finns being quiet and reserved, but they organize fabulous parties where you can meet and interact with people of all preferences.
Helsinki has less cars per capita than cities of similar population and density, such as Brussels or Stockholm. The diverse public transport system consists of all types of transport from to trams to ferries. Helsinki is also the second busiest passenger port in Europe servicing passengers to various destinations, as Tallinn or Stockholm.
Finland is a comprehensive welfare state with a particularly high percentage of the workforce unionized. Finland, as a country founded on the principles of equality, well-being and freedom of speech, marked 100 years of its independence in 2017. And as you must know, Helsinki was the place where the 1975 Helsinki Accord was signed attempting to improve relations between the Communists and the West.