Helsinki is built on the Baltic coast and covers over 300 islands. The capital of Finland is home to over a sixth of Finland's total population. Port of Helsinki gives this city a special naval atmosphere. Waterside walks, sea bordered parks and bridges linking the city to nearby islands are the best places to feel Helsinki.
In 1550 Helsinki was established as a trading town by King Gustav Vasa. In 1812 Helsinki became a capital of Finland.
Today Helsinki is a highly developed and safe city with all attractions situated near the centre. One of the most impressive buildings in historical part of Helsinki is Uspenski Cathedral. It rises high above the neighboring houses and is well seen from the sea. The big part of city's life is concentrated around squares - Senate and Market.