Helsinki is on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. When one looks from Helsinki, Tallinn is on the opposite side of the sea, but it is too far away to see. A poetic name for Helsinki is “the daughter of the Baltic Sea”. Helsinki is the capital city of Finland. Helsinki is the largest city in Finland.
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Helsinki was founded in 1550 by King Gustav Vasa of Sweden as a trading post to compete with Tallinn to the south in Estonia, which was Danish at that time. Today Helsinki is by far Finland’s most cosmopolitan city and, while no London or New York, there is a fairly good selection of people from all around the world.
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