Helsinki Travel Guide

by our Finland expert Conrad Freethy
Conrad FreethyInvented and reinvented, Helsinki is a city layered with contradiction. The neo-classical wedding cake cathedral may be emblematic of the city, but many will argue that the capital’s Art Nouveau gems are more representative of its architectural value. The Functionalist legacy of architect Alvar Aalto fuels the debate, but those with an open mind will recognise the merit of Helsinki’s most modern and controversial structures. Not to be missed are the Kiasma Museum, showcasing contemporary art, walks around Sibelius Park or along Esplanadi where designer shops line up. Add to that the buzz that summer brings, the experience of saunas as they should be and nightclubs that guarantee you’ll leave by daylight (thanks in part to the midnight sun).

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Currency: Euro
Dialling Code: +358
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Helsinki News

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:59:19 +0200Featured, Business
Tesla offers competition winners luxury Model 3 speed-racing experience in Northern Finland

THE ELECTRIC MOTOR VEHICLE GIANT TESLA has opened applications for its “2019 winter experience” to celebrate the release of their upcoming Model 3 and Model S cars. The event will allow lucky winners to experience the winter driving capabilities of the new Model 3 and Model S in Finland’s icy north.

In a message on Tesla’s official website, the company announces that an ice track has been purpose-built near the northern city of Kemi. Here competition winners will enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip which involves being driven around the frozen plains by a professional driver. 

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:17:26 +0200Featured, Education, Themes
Top US professor to research suicide prevention strategies in Finland

DR. JOY HONEA, ASSOCIATE DEAN OF BILLINGS UNIVERSITY IN MONTANA, has received a Fulbright Scholarship to move to Finland in order to learn from the country’s acclaimed suicide prevention strategies.

The highly-competitive scholarship, which has produced dozens of Nobel Prize winners, is a state-funded initiative which aims to “encourage innovation in order to improve society”. Dr. Honea will be relocating from Montana to the University of Tampere in July 2020, where she will spend several months researching how Finland was able to bring down its once world-leading suicide rates. 

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:43:57 +0200Featured, Domestic, Finland
Ex-officials at Finnish embassy suspected of arranging illegal immigration

THE FINNISH Border Guard and National Bureau of Investigation (KRP) are investigating discrepancies related to the granting of Schengen visas at the Embassy of Finland in Ankara, Turkey.

Three former, locally hired employees of the embassy are suspected of arranging illegal immigration and offences in office in connection with the pre-trial investigation. One of them has been detained on suspicion of the offences in Finland, according to KRP.

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 09:06:49 +0200Featured, Politics, Finland
SDP’s Rinne likely to remain on sick leave until end of February

SANNA Marin, the first deputy chairperson of the Social Democrats, will continue to deputise for the indisposed chairperson of the opposition party, Antti Rinne.

Ville Skinnari, the third deputy chairperson of the Social Democrats, told Uusi Suomi on Tuesday that the party leadership will not make a new decision on who should stand in for Rinne, who has announced he is likely to remain on sick leave until the end of February.

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 06:14:43 +0200Featured, Politics, Finland
Orpo puzzled by Social Democrats’ opposition to equity savings account

PETTERI Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, has indicated he is well aware of the criticism levelled against a government proposal to introduce a new kind of equity savings account for small investors by the Social Democrats.

“If you’re accumulating wealth by saving, then you’ll have money for old age even without a social democrat looking over your shoulder,” Orpo stated to Kauppalehti on Sunday.

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