Helsinki is the capital city and most populous municipality of Finland. It is the seat of the region of Uusimaa in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, and the its metropolitan area is the most populous municipality and urban area in Finland.
Helsinki is located 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Tallinn, Estonia, 400 km (250 mi) east of Stockholm, Sweden, and 390 km (240 mi) west of Saint Petersburg, Russia. It has close historical ties with these three cities.
The Helsinki metropolitan area includes Helsinki’s urban core and Espoo, Vantaa, and Kauniainen, and surrounding commuter towns. Helsinki is the third largest city in the Nordic countries, after Stockholm and Oslo. It is Finland’s most important political, educational, financial, cultural, and research center. The neighboring city of Vantaa is the location of the Helsinki Airport, which has frequent service to many destinations in Europe and Asia.
Helsinki has one of the highest urban standards of living in the world, and is the world’s most liveable city in its liveable cities index.
Here below is a wonderful collection of color pictures that shows street scenes of Helsinki from the 1960s.
|Market in Helsinki, 1961|
|Helsinki Olympic Stadium, 1961|
|Helsinki street scenes, 1961|
|New suburb under construction, Myllypuro, Helsinki, 1963|