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Helsinki Travel & Vacations
Helsinki is Finland's capital and something of an international metropolis. Founded in 1550, it has been the Finnish capital since 1812. Helsinki's current population is about 560,000, but the Helsinki region with the neighboring suburban cities of Espoo and Vantaa has a population of about one million.

Surrounded by sea and a vast archipelago, Helsinki is at its best in the summer when the dialogue between the city and nature is ats its fullest. Classical Helsinki's sights are mostly of the low-key sort and can be divided into an eclectic set of churches and another slew of museums.

In general, Finland is a fairly safe country, and Helsinki is no exception. There are no exceptional crime problems or health hazards. Unfortunately, as the city grows larger, petty crime will likely increase as well. Still, this should not be a visitor's biggest worry. Probably the only situation in which to watch your back, as in all bigger cities, might be if you find yourself waiting for your turn in a queue for a hot dog at 4 AM after the local club has stopped serving drinks. In March 2005 Helsinki was found in a study to be the second safest city in the world.

Travel info based on work by Evan Prodromou, Michele Ann Jenkins, Ryan Holliday, Jimmy Wales, Paul James Cowie, Aaron Burda, Pavel Curtis, Visa Kopu, Sininen, Masha, Jyri Lehtinen, David Le Brun and Mikko Siren and others at Wikitravel. Content is available under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0.
Helsinki Travel
In general, Finland is a fairly safe country, and Helsinki is no exception. There are no exceptional crime problems or health hazards. Unfortunately, as the city grows larger, petty crime will likely increase as well. Still, this should not be a visitor's biggest worry. Probably the only situation in which to watch your back, as in all bigger cities, might be if you find yourself waiting for your turn in a queue for a hot dog at 4 AM after the local club has stopped serving drinks. In March 2005 Helsinki was found in a study to be the second safest city in the world.
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