10 Reasons to Fall in Love with Helsinki & Finland

1. Urban Nature a Step Away

The majestic shoreline, archipelago, parks, forests… Helsinki is one of the few capital cities in the world where nature is so close, even in the heart of the city!

2. Sea All Around You

In Helsinki you can sense the proximity of the sea everywhere, as the city has over a hundred kilometres of shoreline and around 300 islands in its archipelago. Maritime attractions are a must in the summertime!

3. The Best Place to Spot the Northern Lights

Some of world’s best Northern Lights can be spotted in Finnish Lapland. The Aurora Borealis – as they are also called – can appear more than 200 nights a year. That’s pretty much every winter night.

4. The Cleanest Water & Air

Did you know that Helsinki has some of the cleanest tap water of all big cities in the world and that Kilpisjärvi in Lapland has the cleanest air in Europe?

5. 3+ Million Saunas

This is a category where Finland truly sets itself apart from the rest of the world. Finns are the unquestioned champions of sauna – we have over 3 million of them, which is more than one sauna for every other citizen.

6. The One And Only Santa Claus

Finland is the only place in the world to meet the real Santa Claus. He resides in Rovaniemi, Lapland, where he greets visitors all year round.

7. The Home Of The Moomins

As if Santa Claus wasn’t enough, Finland is also home to the mysterious little creatures called the Moomins. Created by the talented Finnish author and illustrator Tove Jansson, the Moomins’ presence can be felt and seen – both metaphorically in the surrounding nature and for “real” in places such as the Naantali Moomin World or the Tampere Moomin Museum.

8. Innovative And Active Food Culture

In just a short time Helsinki has developed into the home of good food. “New Nordic Cuisine” has taken over the scene. Enjoy delicious local food from fresh seasonal ingredients in one of the more than thousand restaurants Helsinki has to offer.

9. The Weirdest Language

Doubt it? Try pronouncing Äkäslompolo and you’ll soon see. The longest word is: “epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydelläänsäkäänköhän” – quite a tongue twister for some – but not us Finns!

10. Design Everywhere

Finland’s world-renowned modern design heritage can be seen everywhere in Helsinki. Famous brands like Iittala, Artek and Arabia are a part of everyday life in Helsinki.