Helsinki’s many faces
Helsinki is trendy and rich in culture, characterized by flavours of both East and West. The city has ample offerings for visitors who look for new experiences and nightlife. Distinctive features of the city are large green areas and a strong presence of the sea.
Dynamic throughout the year
Helsinki offers a lively cultural calendar all year round.
World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 celebrated design with public design events and exhibitions.
The classical music scene is lively, with two symphony orchestras – the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, both based at Helsinki Music Centre. The Centre is the new focal point of music in Helsinki, hailed as one of the best music halls in the world in terms of acoustics. Helsinki also has a world-class opera and ballet company. Many clubs feature other live music from jazz to popular music.
Nightlife in Helsinki is characterized by a strong DJ-led club culture. The band scene creates a flow of novel music and new stars.
There are more than 80 museums in Helsinki coupled with a large number of art galleries.
The city features prominently on the gastronomic map of the world. The restaurants specialize in creative uses of local produce.
The city’s main events include youthful music festivals. Trendy venues for creative activity including visual arts, music and dance are provided by the culture factories Kaapelitehdas (Cable Factory), Suvilahti and Korjaamo.
Helsinki has an open and active gay culture.
Outdoor activities in all seasons
Helsinki is a welcoming city for the physically active. The close-by nature, parks, waterfronts and sea offer many opportunities. Many of the islands are open to the public and offer exquisite outdoors. The City maintains facilities for hiking, jogging, running, cycling, roller skating, skiing, skating, swimming and a variety of other sports.
Helsinki is a city for boating enthusiasts. The city has more recreational fishing than any other capital city in Europe, claiming 50,000 amateur fishermen. Many of the islands of Helsinki’s extensive archipelago are open to the public.
Wilderness is no more than half an hour from the city centre: the Nuuksio National Park with its marked trails, cooking shelters and camping sites is ideal for short hiking and camping trips.
Helsinki also offers urban opportunities for camping: Rastila Camping is one of the most popular camping sites in Finland, located by the seaside and accessible by the metro.