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Helsinki is the capital of Finland. Located on the historic border between Russia and Sweden, Helsinki has melded a character that reflects both countries and incorporates its own unique outlook. Although the Finnish capital is unmistakably Scandinavian, the architecture and the psyche of its inhabitants show the clear influence of the Russian continent. Helsinki is relatively small, yet is one of the more accessible European capitals. The tidy streets are packed with restaurants, bars and shops, projecting a cosmopolitan vibe when combined with all the theaters and museums scattered throughout the city. There is great public transportation in this small community, which means nothing is more than a short tram ride away from the centre.
83 of the 100 largest Finnish companies have their headquarters in the Greater Helsinki area. One of these companies is Ahlstrom, a Finnish wood processing firm and a global manufacturer of specialty papers and nonwoven materials. Office space is very accessible in and around Helsinki.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Helsinki offers many cosmopolitan restaurants, with numerous fast food chains including McDonald’s and its Finnish imitators Hesburger and Carrols. Unicafe is a chain of restaurants owned by the Helsinki University student union, which has around 10 outlets in central Helsinki and offers full meals, including vegetarian options. Bar No 9 is a popular bar that also serves a variety of dishes with a bit of cuisine fusion. Chilli offers an inexpensive option serving kebab, shawarma, and falafel.
The Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport is located in Vantaa, 11 miles to the north of central Helsinki. Typical flight times to other cities from Helsinki are from: London - 2 hours 55 minutes, New York - 7 hours, Los Angeles - 16 hours, Toronto - 8 hours 40 minutes, and Sydney - 27 hours 30 minutes. Most people who drive to Helsinki arrive via the car ferry from Stockholm or the E18 motorway from Turku. Other important roads leading to Helsinki include the E12 from Vaasa and the E75 from Rovaniemi. Typical driving times to Helsinki from: Turku - 2 hours 15 minutes, Vaasa - 4 hours 30 minutes, Rovaniemi - 11 hours, and St Petersburg - 5 hours.