10 May 2012

#87 Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland. It is in the region of Uusimaa, located in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. The population of the city of Helsinki is 596,233 (31 January 2012), making it by far the most populous municipality in Finland. Helsinki is located some 400 kilometres (250 mi) east of StockholmSweden, 300 kilometres (190 mi) west of St. PetersburgRussia and 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Tallinn,Estonia. Helsinki has close historical connections with these three cities.

Helsinki Cathedral (FinnishHelsingin tuomiokirkko or SuurkirkkoSwedish:Helsingfors domkyrka or Storkyrkan) is an Evangelical Lutheran cathedral of the Diocese of Helsinki, located in the centre of HelsinkiFinland. The church was originally built as a tribute to the Grand DukeNicholas I, the Tsar of Russia and until the independence of Finland in 1917, it was called St. Nicholas' Church.

A distinct landmark in the scenery of central Helsinki, with a tall green dome surrounded by four smaller domes, the church was built in 1830–52, in neoclassical style.

In 2009, Helsinki was chosen to be the World Design Capital for 2012 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, narrowly beating Eindhoven for the title.

Aitäh, Raki ! 

Received on: March 7, 2012

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