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Founded in 1550, Helsinki was rebuilt by the Tsar of Russia in 1812, and modelled on St. Petersburg by the same architects who designed the Russian Imperial city. The Empire style used to rebuild the city still dominates the grand buildings that surround the city's Lutheran cathedral and Senate Square, and gives Helsinki its distinctive character. While very much a Nordic capital city, the influences of both east and west are very much in evidence, and give the city its very unique atmosphere.

Helsinki is famous for its design, architecture and high technology which can be seen all throughout the city and attracts design and architecture fans from around the world. Finnish design is characterised by minimalism and clean lines. Finnish modernism from the 1950s is particularly popular. Contemporary Finnish design combines these traditions with the latest innovations. But what makes the city really special is its nice, friendly and easily approachable local residents.

Visit Helsinki wants all visitors to enjoy the city's tolerant, active and friendly atmosphere. Since 2009 the Gay Friendly Helsinki network has brought together local companies that are dedicated to providing high quality services for LGBT visitors. All participating companies have received training to make sure that we are especially welcoming for our LGBT visitors.

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Helsinki Theatre Museum

Tallberginkatu 1 G, Helsinki, 00180

WELCOME TO THE THEATRE MUSEUM The Theatre Museum is a cross between an activity centre and an information centre focusing on vitality, function and ease of obtain...

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TTE - The Travel Experience Oy

Eteläinen Hesperiankatu 10 A 10, Helsinki, 00100

The Travel Experience is one of Finland's leading Destination Management companies and Incoming Tour Operators, handling a variety of travel arrangements for a wide ...

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Hotel Haven

Unioninkatu 17, Helsinki, 00130

Hotel Haven, Finland’s first member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World chain, is designed to provide homely warmth, exclusive comfort and high-quality se...

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Sokos Hotel Albert

Albertinkatu 30, Helsinki, 00120

Sokos Hotel Albert is a relaxed hotel in the centre of town. The fresh atmosphere and caring staff will welcome their customers to the cosy hotel in the Punavuori di...

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Helsinki City Tourist Bureau

PO Box28, Helsinki, 00099

Helsinki, Finland's capital of culture and class, is one of the most inviting and engaging places to visit in Europe. A world class city with a cosy, coastal and rel...

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Tupakkakauppa Pajazzo

Fleminginkatu 8, Helsinki, 00530

Established in 1968, we are a tobacco shop with some history... and style. Our shop in the heart of Helsinki offers a wide range of tobacco and tobacco related produ...

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Demmers Teehaus

Annankatu 13, Helsinki, 00120

Come and discover our wide ranging offer of tea and all imaginable tea related products or enjoy a pot of good tea in our cosy tea corners. Do you want to give som...

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The Jogging Guide

Ådvägen 10 B 33, helsinki, 00200

Little time in Helsinki? Interested in Finnish culture and in Finnish society? Love jogging? Do you want company? The Jogging Guide offers guided tours in Helsink...

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