General Info

Helsinki is a city of contrasts in which the urban lifestyle is characterized by the sea and surrounding nature. The summer heat and midnight sun inspire the city's inhabitants to occupy the many parks and terraces in the center of town.

During the winter season, the city's active cultural life offers something for everyone. Sunny days are perfect for walking on the frozen surface pf the sea, while the fascinating darkness is ideal for exploring the nightlife.

Helsinki is a modern capital that is both dynamic and friendly and where you will always feel welcome.

Helsinki in figures

  • Helsinki founded in 1550
  • Capital of Finland since 1812
  • Population: approx. 560,000 (approx. 1.2 million in Greater Helsinki)
  • Finnish-speakers: 88 %
  • Swedish-speakers: 6 %
  • Other languages: 6 %
  • Evangelical Lutherans: 72 %
  • Greek Orthodox: 2 %
  • Total area: 686 km²
  • Coastline: 98 km
  • Islands: 315
  • Hotels: 45
  • Restaurants: 840
  • Museums: 83
  • Universities and colleges: 7
  • Mobile phones per 100 inhabitants: 91
  • Average temperatures yearly: 5.9 ºC
  • Warmest month: July 20.2 ºC
  • Coldest month: February -6.8 ºC

Source: City of Helsinki, Helsinki your way brochure.