The first mention of a parish of Helsinki (Helsinge) concerns to 1351 when monks of an Estonian monastery received rights on fishing salmon in this district.
The central part of this settlement with a church was in the territory of the modern city of Vantaa.
The city of Helsingfors (the Finnish capital is named so in Swedish) was founded in 1550 by the Swedish king Gustav Vaza on a place of a small fishing port. Gustav Vaza wanted it compete to Revel (nowadays Tallinn, the capital of Estonia).
Raw Salmon in Coarse Salt
One of the must taste things in Helsinki is raw salmon wrapped in coarse salt and dill and left for a day in the frigde. Absolutely delicious on buttered bread provided someone knows how to slice it in paper thin slices. you can buy it at the open market on the port. the vendor will prepare it for you. you just have to eat it. :-)))
While wandering the city it is easy to see the foreign influences on the architecture. While the new city buildings are modern steel and glass structures, there are several historical buildings, especially around the Senaatintori, which have been well preserved.
Helsinki shows it´s beautiful...
Helsinki shows it´s beautiful side in summertime.Of course you can and must come here also when it snows and everything is white, but there is more to see at summertime..You have to go to Suomenlinna(an island 10minutes trip from the center of Helsinki), to Lappi restaurant to eat traditional food from Lapland or have a cup of coffee or a huge sweet roll in Café Esplanad...or go for a walk to Seurasaari (outdoor museum).There are so many good museums and art gallerys and of course pure nature near Helsinki!And so many things to do and see! my fondest memory of Helsinki is... it´s the middle of the summer and I´m sitting at the Tuomiokirkko's stairs eating ice-cream and listening to a consert taking place in Kauppatori...nice
send email home:) Access to...
send email home:) Access to Internet is unbelievable ... Finland is the real virtual country:) You can find free Internet inside World Trade Center near the main railway station. There are two touch-screens there. Other free accesses are in Latsi-palace between Sokos (a department store) and the main bus station on Mannerheimittie. There is a library on second floor of this building and there you can either reserve computer when you have a library card (see my tip on libraries) or go to these touch-screen and use them (they are usually qeues for them though). Another place in the center is directly in the main railway station - in one of magazine shops.