• Helsinki City Media Bank
  • Helsinki City Media Bank


Helsinki is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and green parks. The city’s rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active. Helsinki is ideal for design lovers, architecture addicted and shopaholics. In contrast to the urban experience, nature is always near and an extempore archipelago adventure at hand. Art enthusiasts will fall in love with the top-of-the-range art museums and exhibitions.

Helsinki in brief

  • Centre of Finland’s administrative, educational and cultural life
  • Finance and business centre of Finland
  • Founded in 1550
  • Capital since 1812
  • Population 650,000 (1,4 million in the metropolitan area)
  • Universities: Five large institutes of higher education and research

Practical information

Climate and weather
Helsinki’s climate combines characteristics of both a maritime and a continental climate. Average temperature in Helsinki in July is +17,8°C / 62°F

For the latest weather forecast, see https://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/ by the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

Time zone
The time zone in Helsinki is Eastern European Time (EET), 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).

Finland has two official languages, Finnish and Swedish. Street signs in Helsinki are in both languages. English is widely spoken and most Finns also master one or two other foreign languages.

Voltage: 220–240 Volts. Electrical sockets (outlets) in Finland are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: ”Type C” Europlug and ”Type E/F” Schuko.

Emergency number
General Emergency number for police, ambulance and fire department is 112.

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