The capital of Finland
Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland. It is located on the south coast of the country, on the Gulf of Finland. Helsinki is part of the Uusimaa region.
The influences of East and West are present in the daily life of Helsinki. Architecture, gastronomy, design, customs and even the local argot of the streets attest to a past under Russian and Swedish rule.
Situated along the Baltic Sea, the Helsinki coastline stretches over 100 kilometers, and hosts 300 islands off the mainland. 620,982 people live in the city of Helsinki itself (2014) and the metropolitan area (municipalities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen) has a population of one million inhabitants in total. Including other nearby municipalities the population is about 1.4 million people. One in four Finns live in Helsinki.
Helsinki is the largest political, educational, financial, cultural and research center, as well as one of the most important cities in northern Europe. Approximately 70% of foreign companies operating in Finland have settled in the Helsinki region.