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Information about HELSINKI Helsinki, capital of Finland retains a small-town feel: there are no high-rise buildings and the market square is still surrounded by 19th-century architecture. Its green parks and waterways, fresh sea winds with seagulls flying over the busy market square, and many open-air cafes make it a perfect summer destination. Helsinki is fast becoming one of Europe's hottest destinations. It's small and intimate compared to other Scandinavian capitals, and in summer walking or cycling is the best way to appreciate its parks, markets, nearby islands and countless musuems. The city centre is built on a windblown peninsula and many of the sights are within walking distance of each other. Although Helsinki was founded in 1550, as a trading center, most of its architecture is rather modern and some even avant garde: Helsinki became the capital of Finland in 1812 and the whole centre area war rebuilt, much in the Empire style. Around Senate Square you'll find delightful neoclassic architecture in a cathedral and the government buildings. Sea is a major element, be sure to stop at the Market Square by the sea and the Havis Amanda Fountain. Helsinki has several great museums, beautiful churches, parks, theatre, opera, shopping possibilities and historic sights, such as the Sea Fortress of Suomenlinna. You can also experience the Finnish cuisine, along with many others like suberb Russian kitchen. Helsinki has also several nice pubs and clubs to visit. With four very different seasons, the streets and bars, as well as the people, are usually livelier during the summer than winter.
 
Available Trades in HELSINKI ADVERTISING - MARKETING - COMMUNICATION & GRAPHIC DESIGN
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ENTERTAINMENT & LEISURE
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FOOD INDUSTRY
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FINLAND

General Information
Capital: Helsinki
Area: 338,144 km (130,558 sq miles).2
Population: 5.3 million (2009 estimate).
Electricity: 220 (230) volts AC, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are standard.
IDD: +358
Timezone: GMT +2 Hrs (+3 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language
Language: Finnish 92% and Swedish 6% (both official) other Sami- and Russian-speaking languages.

Government
Government: Republic.

Religion
Religion: 84% Lutheran Church of Finland, other religious denominations

Health
Health: The following vaccinations are recommended: Tetanus.

Currency
Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: EUR1.00 = USD 1.48 = GBP 0.91 = CHF 1.51

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Fri: 08.00-16.15

Traffic
Traffic: Seat belts must be worn by all passengers and headlights must be kept on at all times. Traffic entering from the right has right of way, even when joining a major road from a minor road. Cars towing caravans may not exceed 80kph (50mph). From 1 December until 31 March, snow tires are a legal requirement; they can be hired from rental firms..

Driving License
Driving License: National driving licence or International Driving Permit and insurance required..

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Jan 6 Epiphany, Easter Holidays (variable), May 1 May Day, Ascension Day (variable), Whit Sunday (variable), Jun 25/26 Midsummer Days, Nov 1 All Saints" Day, Dec 6 Independence Day, Dec 24/25 Christmas Holidays, Dec 26 St. Stephen"s Day

Climate
Climate: Cold, temperate; potentially subarctic, but comparatively mild because of moderating influence of the North Atlantic Current, Baltic Sea, and more than 60,000 lakes.

Temperatures
 
Temperatures:
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
A-6-7-33101417161151-3
P878270665859636772798689
S1346910985311
A=Aver. Daily Temp. (°C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900 / 1800 3G 2100

GPS
GPS: 60 10 N, 24 56 E

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Mon-Fri: 09.00-18.00 and Sat: 09.00-15.00. Shops are generally open on Sunday from June to August. Many shops are also open 09.00-21.00 during the week and Sat: 09.00-18.00.


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