The Helsinki map shows the detailed map and a large map of Helsinki. This map of Helsinki will allow you to orient yourself in Helsinki in Uusimaa - Finland. The Helsinki map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.
The Swedish name Helsingfors ([hɛlsiŋˈfɔrs] or [hɛlsiŋˈfɔʂ]) is the original official name of the city of Helsinki (in the very beginning, spelled Hellssingeforss). The Finnish language form of the name probably originates from Helsinga and similar names used for the river that is currently known as the Vantaa River as documented already in the 14th century. Helsinki (pronounced with the stress on the first syllable: Finnish pronunciation: [ˈhelsiŋki]), is used to refer to the city in all languages except Swedish, Norwegian and Danish as its mentioned in Helsinki map. Helsingfors comes from the name of the surrounding parish, Helsinge (source for Finnish Helsinki) and the rapids (Swedish: fors), which flowed through the original village. The name Helsinge may have originated with medieval Swedish settlers who came from Hälsingland in Sweden. Others have proposed that the name derives from the Swedish word hals (neck), referring to the narrowest part of the river, i.e. the rapids.
Helsinki is spread across a number of bays and peninsulas and over a number of islands. The inner city area occupies a southern peninsula, which is rarely referred to by its actual name Vironniemi. Population density in certain parts of Helsinki inner city area is very high, reaching 16,494 inhabitants per square kilometre (42,720 /sq mi) in the district of Kallio as you can see in Helsinki map, but as a whole Helsinki population density of 3,050 per square kilometre (7,900 /sq mi) ranks it as quite sparsely populated in comparison to other European capital cities. Much of Helsinki outside the inner city area consists of postwar suburbs separated from each other by patches of forest. A narrow, ten-kilometre-long (6 mi) Helsinki Central Park that stretches from the inner city to the northern border of Helsinki is an important recreational area for residents.
Helsinki has 190 comprehensive schools, 41 upper secondary schools and 15 vocational institutes as its shown in Helsinki map. Half of the 41 upper secondary schools are private or state-owned, the other half municipal. Higher level education is given in eight universities and four polytechnics. Finnish and Swedish are the official languages of the municipality of Helsinki. The majority, or 84.3% of the population, speak Finnish as their native language. A minority, at 6.1%, speak Swedish. Around 9.6% of the population speak a native language other than Finnish or Swedish. Helsinki slang combines influences from both Finnish, Swedish and Russian languages. Finnish today is the common language of communication between Finnish speakers, Swedish speakers and speakers of other languages (new Finns) in day-to-day affairs in the public sphere between unknown persons. In case a speaker knowledge of Finnish is not known, English is usually spoken.
The map of downtown Helsinki shows the historical center of Helsinki. This downtown map of Helsinki will allow you to easily plan your visit in the center of Helsinki in Uusimaa - Finland. The Helsinki downtown map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.
In Helsinki, you can shop in small boutiques as well as in renowned international shops. The largest and most popular shops are located on the streets of downtown Helsinki and in its many shopping centres. There are also many museums, galleries and theatres in the city centre for culture lovers. In downtown Helsinki, you can walk from a park to the seashore in a few minutes. On the economical city bicycles, you can get to know the city from a new angle. The cycleways are well kept, and in the city centre you can move around on a bicycle safely, comfortably and quickly. While getting to know the city, you can stop over at one of the city centre many restaurants, cafés or bars as you can see in Helsinki downtown map. You can reserve a table for the evening at one of Helsinki popular restaurants, with options for every budget and taste.
Helsinki downtown consists of plenty of old buildings like the famous Tuomiokirkko, streets full of marvellous shopping, traditional cafes, classic Finish restaurants and the esplanade park as its shown in Helsinki downtown map. The ‘Big White Church’ being Tuomiokirkko is a cathedral, which happens to be one of the most famous landmarks in Helsinki and was built in the mid 19th century. From the bottom of the beautiful and numerous steps, this towering cathedral daunts everything that comes before it with its angelic and striking white walls and the green domes on top finish it off delightfully. Another iconic religious building is the Church in the Rock, which was literally dug out of rock with the roof made out of 22 km of copper strips and resembles a UFO that has crash-landed. Other worthwhile religious buildings to see include Uspenski Cathedral and is particularly famous for its five domes that are topped with 22-carat gold and the Old Church of Helsinki is the oldest existing church in the city, which was built in the 17th century.
A visit to Helsinki is never complete without a trip to the public sauna and the Yrjonkatu Sauna was the original one in Helsinki, which was first built back in 1928. It is beautiful inside as well as out and there are a number of different saunas in the vicinity, which will certainly give you some down time. There are also a good amount of museums in this part of the city with the Natural History Museum being one of the quirkiest and oldest types that has multiple floors of interesting exhibitions on various topics to do with Helsinki. Another museum to seek out is the National Museum of Finland, which houses many artefacts to do with Finland history right from the start to the present. As well as the museums, there is an excellent choice of art places to see like the Kiasma, which has various exhibitions on art as well as housing the Museum of Contemporary Art. Another popular art gallery is the Amos Anderson Gallery and happens to be one of the largest private art spaces and primarily focuses on modern art from Finland and mainly local artists at that. At night, Helsinki downtown has the best range of nightlife including going to watch a play or musical at one of the many theatres or one of the newest films at the cinema. You can pick from many trendy and traditional bars that sell local or international beer as well as rock bars, cocktail lounges and even huge venues like The Spot that host live gigs from internationally-recognised bands and DJs as its mentioned in Helsinki downtown map.
Helsinki on Uusimaa - Finland map shows the location of the city of Helsinki on the Uusimaa - Finland map. This map of Helsinki in Uusimaa - Finland will allow you to easily plan your travel in Helsinki in Uusimaa - Finland. Helsinki on map of Uusimaa - Finland is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.
Helsinki Uusimaa ( Swedish: Helsingfors,) is the capital and largest city in Finland as you can see in Helsinki Uusimaa - Finland map. It is in the region of Uusimaa, located in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. Helsinki Uusimaa is Finland major political, educational, financial, cultural and research centre as well as one of northern Europe major cities. Approximately 70% of foreign companies operating in Finland have settled in the Helsinki region. Helsinki Uusimaa is the global gateway of Finland. The city has Finland largest immigrant population in both absolute and relative terms. There are over 130 nationalities represented in Helsinki. The largest groups are from Russia, Estonia, Sweden, Somalia, Serbia, China, Iraq and Germany.
Helsinki Uusimaa has a higher proportion of women (53.4%) than elsewhere in Finland (51.1%) as its shown in Helsinki Uusimaa - Finland map. Helsinki current population density of 2,739.36 people per square kilometer is by far the highest in Finland. Life expectancy for both genders is slightly below the national averages: 75.1 years for men as compared to 75.7 years, 81.7 years for women as compared to 82.5 years. Helsinki Uusimaa has experienced strong growth since the 1810s, when it replaced Turku as the capital of the Grand Duchy of Finland, which later became the sovereign Republic of Finland. The city continued to show strong growth from that time onwards, with the exception during the Finnish Civil War period. From the end of World War II up until the 1970s there was a massive exodus of people from the countryside to the cities of Finland, in particular Helsinki. Between 1944 and 1969 the population of the city nearly doubled from 275,000 to 525,600.
The Helsinki Uusimaa metropolitan area generates approximately one third of Finland GDP. GDP per capita is roughly 1.3 times the national average as its mentioned in Helsinki Uusimaa - Finland map. The city main musical venues are the Finnish National Opera, Helsinki Music Centre and the Finlandia concert-hall. Bigger concerts and events are usually held at one of the city two big ice hockey arenas: the Hartwall Areena or the Helsinki Ice Hall. Helsinki Uusimaa has Finland largest fairgrounds. Helsinki hosts fairly successful local teams in both of the most popular team sports in Finland, football, ice hockey and synchronized skating. Helsinki houses Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi (HJK), Finland largest and most successful football club. Helsinki track and field club Helsingin Kisa-Veikot is also pretty dominant in Finland.
Helsinki on world map shows the location of the city of Helsinki in the world. Helsinki on world map will allow you to easily know where is Helsinki in the world. The Helsinki in world map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.
The Helsinki metropolitan area is the world northernmost urban area among those with a population of over one million people, and the city is the northernmost capital of a EU member state. Altogether 1.1 million people, approximately one in five Finns, live in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area as you can see in Helsinki on world map. Helsinki is Finland major political, educational, financial, cultural and research centre as well as one of northern Europe major cities. In 2009, Helsinki was chosen to be the World Design Capital for 2012 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, narrowly beating Eindhoven for the title.
The tap water is of excellent quality and it is supplied by 120 km (75 mi) long Päijänne Water Tunnel, one of the world longest continuous rock tunnels as its shown in Helsinki on world map. Bottled Helsinki tap water is even sold to countries such as Saudi Arabia. The Helsinki Metro with its characteristic bright orange trains is the world northernmost subway. Malmi airport, one of the oldest in the world and Finland- main general aviation airport. Suomenlinna has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. Helsinki features several buildings by the world-renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898–1976), recognized as one of the pioneers of architectural functionalism.
Helsinki is the 2012 World Design Capital, in recognition of the use of design as an effective tool for social, cultural and economic development in the city as its mentioned in Helsinki on world map. In choosing Helsinki, the World Design Capital selection jury highlighted Helsinki use of 'Embedded Design', which has tied design in the city to innovation, "creating global brands, such as Nokia, Kone and Marimekko, popular events, like the annual Helsinki Design Week, outstanding education and research institutions, such as the University of Art and Design Helsinki, and exemplary architects and designers such as Eliel Saarinen and Alvar Aalto".