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Top 7 Interesting Facts about Helsinki

Public transport in Helsinki
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Public transport in Helsinki

Helsinki is the capital of Finland and the country’s biggest city, with a population of 588,000. It is the centre of Finnish business, education, culture and science. The city is home to eight universities and six science and technology parks. 70% of foreign enterprises operating in Finland have their headquarters in here. What's more, it’s one of the best cities for living in the world. We have gathered seven interesting facts that will convince you to visit Helsinki.

1. In 2012 a special dog pool opened its doors in the east of Helsinki. It’s suited for both beginners and professional swimmers. The service was so popular that the tickets were sold out prior to the opening ceremony. Swimming lessons for puppies are especially popular. However, a visit to the dog pool isn’t cheap. A half-hour lesson costs 18 to 30 Euros. Compare that to only 5 Euros an adult would pay to enter one of Helsinki’s oldest indoor pools.

2. Helsinki‘s population increases by 5-8 thousand people every year! Despite that, it is still one of the smallest European capitals.

May Day Eve is a traditional carnival day in Finland
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  May Day Eve is a traditional carnival day in Finland

3. The city is situated on the northern shore of the Gulf of Finland. It comprises 300 islands interconnected with many bridges. Water transport is widespread, and the city has more than 11,000 places to park your boat. There are also several dozen marinas where people leave their yachts for the wintertime.

4. Helsinki is the world’s coldest capital, with a yearly average temperature not exceeding 0 °C, and 51 days per year no sun can be seen in the sky. There are around 120 rainy days in the Finnish capital each year.

Skating in Helsinki
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Skating in Helsinki

5. Helsinki covers a rather large territory – 686 m2. More than two-thirds of it are covered by the city, and the area of the mainland part of the city is only 186 m2.

6. Tap water comes straight from mountain springs via Päijännetunneli, the longest water tunnel in the world. The quality of water in Helsinki is so high that it is exported to other countries. For example, Saudi Arabia for many years now has been buying drinking water from the Finnish capital.

Scenic summer aerial panorama of the Old Town architecture
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Scenic summer aerial panorama of the Old Town architecture

7. In winter, there is absolutely no snow on the sidewalks and boulevards of central Helsinki. The city government heats the granite slabs from underground, so the snow and ice immediately melt.

Comments (4)

allaya   24 days ago  Edited
Helsinki is a new place for me. I really want to be there after this
James   24 days ago  Edited
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Deanna Friel   21 days ago  Edited
I would like to say that I really like the stuff which had shared here of the facts of this place, I must say that this shared information must proved useful for all the readers as well as for me. I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme. Thank you for sharing your article about Top 7 Interesting Facts about Helsinki.
Deanna Friel   8 days ago  Edited
How beautiful! And those cafes… they are amazing! And the city! And the pictures with the snow! I have never been to Finland but it was on my to do list… Now I think I will do my best to plan it as my next destination! recognise the buildings in these pictures I must add that all thes cafes and street food festivals are things that weren’t there when I grew up. What most people often don’t realice is that even when the sun sets in southern Finland in the mid summer, it does not become dark. Sun is so close the horisont that the whole night is one long twilight. It is not bright, but you don’t still need no street lights. Thank you for sharing your article about Top 7 Interesting Facts about Helsinki.