The capital of Finland and northernmost capital in continental Europe lies by the Baltic sea in the Uusimaa region. With a population of just under 580,000 Helsinki is not what one could call a crowded capital. And the Helsinki Greater Area, which includes also the neighboring Vantaa, Espoo and Kauniainen, with its 1.3million people does not quite make a megalopolis. But it’s great that way! Easy commute! As I moved to Finland in the late 1990’s, Helsinki was not much of a cosmopolitan let alone European town. It was the Finnish capital - with its eyes wide open towards Europe. And it did feel isolated and austere. In a decade, Helsinki has however literally transformed itself into becoming a true European capital with yet a very strong Finnish identity.

If you like the pictures in this gallery, do not miss the Helsinki winter gallery, on :) The pictures in this gallery were shot with a Canon EOS 400D, a Canon EOS 40D and a Canon EOS 5D Mark II associated with Canon EF 17-40mm f4L USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM, Canon EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM Macro and Canon TS-E 24mm f3.5L II.

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