Helsinki was chosen as World Design Capital for the year 2012.
Helsinki is the largest city in Finland.
Helsinki has a long tradition of sports: the city gained much of its initial international recognition during the 1952 Summer Olympics, and the city has arranged sporting events such as the first World Championships in Athletics 1983 and 2005, and the European Championships in Athletics 1971, 1994, and 2012.
The city of Helsinki covers a total area of 276 square miles.
In the Helsinki metropolitan area, public transportation is managed by the Helsinki Regional Transport Authority, the metropolitan area transportation authority.
In 2014 Helsinki was awarded City of Design status as part of the Creative Cities Network established by UNESCO.
Helsinki has an average elevation of 56 feet above sea level.
Finland became independent in 1917, and Helsinki assumed the demanding new role of the capital of the young republic.
Helsinki is known as the “Daughter of the Baltic”.
The Helsinki Festival is an annual art and culture festival, which takes place every August.
The status of Helsinki was raised to the capital of the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland in 1812.
Helsinki was established as a trading town by King Gustav I of Sweden in 1550 as the town of Helsingfors.
Finnish and Swedish are the official languages of Helsinki. 81.9% of the citizens speak Finnish as their native language. 5.9% speak Swedish.
Helsinki hosted the 52nd Eurovision Song Contest in 2007.
Helsinki is divided into three major areas: Helsinki Downtown, North Helsinki, and East Helsinki.
Helsinki has a special partnership relation with Tallinn, Estonia; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Stockholm, Sweden; Berlin, Germany & Moscow, Russia.
In 2009 Helsinki was the host of the European Figure Skating Championships, and in 2017 it hosted World Figure Skating Championships. The city will host the 2021 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup.
Helsinki is the world’s coldest capital, with a yearly average temperature not exceeding 0 °C.
The estimated Population of Helsinki is 1,304,851, as of 2020.
Helsinki has three major theatres: The Finnish National Theatre, the Helsinki City Theatre, and the Swedish Theatre.