Helsinki is the capital and most populous city of Finland. Located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, it is the seat of the region of Uusimaa in southern Finland, and has a population of 650,058. The city's urban area has a population of 1,268,296.

Helsinki is the capital and most populous city of Finland. It is the country's most important center for politics, education, finance, culture, and research. Helsinki is located 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Tallinn, Estonia, 400 km (250 mi) east of Stockholm, Sweden, and 390 km (240 mi) west of Saint Petersburg, Russia. It has close historical ties with these three cities.

Together with the cities of Espoo, Vantaa, and Kauniainen, and surrounding commuter towns, Helsinki forms the Greater Helsinki metropolitan area, which has a population of nearly 1.5 million. Often considered to be Finland's only metropolis, it is the world's northernmost metro area with over one million people as well as the northernmost capital of an EU member state. After Stockholm and Oslo, Helsinki is the third largest municipality in the Nordic countries. The city is served by the international Helsinki Airport, located in the neighboring city of Vantaa, with frequent service to many destinations in Europe and Asia.

Helsinki was the World Design Capital for 2012, the venue for the 1952 Summer Olympics, and the host of the 52nd Eurovision Song Contest.

Helsinki has one of the highest urban standards of living in the world. In 2011, the British magazine Monocle ranked Helsinki the world's most liveable city in its liveable cities index. In the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2016 liveability survey, Helsinki was ranked ninth among 140 cities.




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Jon Henley Europe correspondent
September 24, 2020
the Guardian
Sniffer dogs used to detect coronavirus in Helsinki airport as part of trial - video
August 3, 2020
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John Bolton
June 21, 2020
The Telegraph
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April 14, 2020
Finnair and Shanghai-based Juneyao Air have signed a Letter of Intent to deepen their cooperation between China and Europe subject to required regulatory approvals. The aim is to establish a joint venture on the Helsinki - Shanghai route enabling Finnair and Juneyao Air to offer their corporate and leisure customers a seamless travel experience through a wider choice of destination, schedule and fare options via their main hubs, Helsinki Airport (HEL) and Pudong International Airp...
Reuters Editorial
March 31, 2020
The city of Helsinki had the right to scrap its contract with Siemens over the failed automation of the Finnish capital's metro, but both sides broke agreements, a Helsinki district court ruled on Tuesday in a long-running legal dispute.
Ingrid Lunden
February 5, 2020
The growing ubiquity of open source software has been a big theme in the evolution of enterprise IT. But behind that facade of popularity lies another kind of truth: companies may be interested in using more open-source technology, but since there is a learning curve with taking on an source project, not all of them [...]
Steve O'Hear
December 19, 2019
Speechly, a startup out of Helsinki that boasts an experienced team of speech recognition and "natural language understanding" experts, has raised €2 million in seed funding to make it easier for developers to add a voice UI to their products. The round is led by Berlin's Cherry Ventures, with participation from Seedcamp, Quantum Angels, Joyance [...]
December 18, 2019
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with Primehotels Oy for the first Hyatt property in Finland. Expected to open in 2022, the 224-room Grand Hansa Hotel will become the first The Unbound Collection by Hyatt property in the Nordics as the brand enjoys continued momentum across Europe. Incorporating references to Finnish folklore and mythology, Grand Hansa Hotel's historical façade will represent the city's fasc...
December 2, 2019
Nokia Foundation grants 2019 Recognition Award to Elements of AI online course , , , , , , • The recipients, Hanna Hagström and Teemu Roos, played an instrumental role in the development of the 'Elements of AI' online course aimed at introducing the basics of artificial intelligence to the general public, , • Nokia Foundation promotes and supports Finnish scientific development and education in the fields of information technology, telecommunications and related scientific disciplines, , , , , , ...
October 2, 2019
Finland's Port of Helsinki has made a repeat order for Cavotec's MoorMasterTM automated mooring system as part of wider efforts to optimize safety and efficiency and reduce environmental impact. This is the second MoorMasterTM order at Port of Helsinki and follows similar orders from the Port of Turku and Port of Tallinn in recent months. "An auto-mooring system decreases the time taken for vessel mooring and release. The time saved amounts to significant reductions in fuel consumpti...
September 20, 2019
On Saturday, 14 September, Wärtsilä volunteers organised local clean-up events in Helsinki, Finland and Hamburg, Germany. Bringing together tens of volunteers, the events managed to collect hundreds of kilograms of trash from the waters while increasing awareness of the growing need for ocean protection. The Helsinki event took place in Kaivopuisto and the Hamburg event in Hamburg-Uhlenhorst. The central locations attracted a lot of interested passers-byes from children to elders, interes...
Julie Besonen
September 12, 2019
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July 4, 2019
On July 9-10, 2019, the first-ever Silver Economy Forum, organized by the Finnish Government and the Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA), will take place in Helsinki, Finland, bringing together government officials, C-suite business leaders, innovators and policy-makers to prepare business for the decade of Healthy Aging in 2020 through 2030. The global discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities for businesses and governments to meet the demands of a new world transformed by t...
June 5, 2019
Helsinki's Kruununvuorenranta is a residential area close to the sea and nature. The City of Helsinki has been actively building in the area over the recent years, and the intention is to preserve some natural areas on each new site. The Lorentz housing company realised by YIT in Kruunuvuorenranta consists of four houses shaped like the points of a star, containing a total of 61 apartments. "The housing company's lot is next to a wooded area. One end and side of it are bordered by woods....
Tarmo Virki
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Finnish mobile game maker Supercell reported a 26 percent drop in 2018 core profit on Tuesday due to falling revenue for its ageing hit games Clash of Clans and Clash Royale.
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