Helsinki City Guide

Helsinki, capital of Finland, is on a peninsular on the south coast of the country. The city’s best-known building is the Tuomiokirkko (Lutheran Cathedral) on Senaatintori (Senate Square). The 1952 Olympics were held in the city’s Olympic stadium; there is now a youth hostel in the stadium tower.


The city has a number of parks and a waterfront. The monument to the composer Sibelius is to the north of the city centre.

Its central artery, Mannerheimintie, is flanked by institutions including the National Museum, tracing Finnish history from the Stone Age to the present, imposing Parliament House and Kiasma contemporary art museum. On busy Senate Square, the neoclassical Helsinki Cathedral stands in contrast with Uspenski Cathedral and its cupolas.

Uspenski Cathedral

Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki

Moving to Helsinki

The capital of Finland, Helsinki’s popularity as an expat destination is rapidly growing thanks to its healthy economy, dynamic cultural scene and high standards of healthcare and education. Set on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, it’s located about 50 miles (80km) north of Tallinn, Estonia, 250 miles (400km) northeast of Stockholm, Sweden, and 190 miles (300km) west of Saint Petersburg, Russia, three cities with which it has close historical connections.

Helsinki Paasitorni

Paasitorni in Hakaniemi, Helsinki, Finland

Living in Helsinki is not cheap and if you are looking to rent a private flat, have about €1000 ready for outlay as you need to give 2 months rent as a deposit plus the 1st month’s rent.

You should keep in mind that the language of the Finnish working environment is Finnish. Work places in which the working language is English is  a small minority. In order to be employed in Finland, you must learn the Finnish language.

Read more information in the Finnish immigration service website.

Helsinki in 3 minutes