General information on Helsinki
Helsinki is the Capital of Finland and the centre of the Helsinki Region, a functional urban region of about 1.48 million inhabitants and 767,000 jobs.
By decree of King Gustav Vasa of Sweden in 1550, the city was founded at the mouth of river Vantaa. From there, the city was moved further south to its present location in 1643.
The population of Helsinki is becoming more international by the year. Over fifteen percent of the population speaks as their mother tongue a language other than Finnish or Swedish.