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Helsinki

The proximity with important cities from other countries has contributed for Helsinki to become a mixture of influences and gain a rich culture and history. If monuments dazzle, the green landscapes and the sea make it look like an idyllic scenery.

Always fashionable and trendy, Helsinki suffered with the influence of Western Europe, but also of the former Soviet bloc, which conferred it a unique cosmopolitan character in Finland. Its proximity with Stockholm, in Sweden, St. Petersburg, in Russia and Tallinn in Estonia led the history of Helsinki to meet that of its neighbours and to receive many influences.It is the largest city in the country, located in the southern region, in the banks of the Gulf of Finland, by the Baltic Sea. In Helsinki, there are around 600 thousand people, but the metropolitan area also includes the cities of Espoo and Vantaa (where the airport is located) reaches a million habitants. It is seen by Finnish as a city where all the opportunities can be found, so it is considered as the main financial, political, educational and cultural centre. It was chosen as the World Capital of Design, in 2012.The climate is humid, with temperatures reaching minus five degrees in the winter. Because of its latitude, daylight lasts for less than six hours. In August, temperatures sway between 19 and 21 degrees and daylight lasts for 19 hours.