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Helsinki – Scandinavia the forgotten capital

It only takes one and a half hours to fly to Helsinki, which is the easternmost capital. Living around 650.000 people in the city.

SAS, Norwegian and Finnair flies direct to Helsinki from Denmark, so that one must keep an eye with offers. Otherwise, it costs about 2000 dollars per. person trip/return to the city.

When you have landed at the airport, which is located in Vantaa, one of the three municipalities in the Big-Helsinki, it takes no time to get to the capital itself. Running bus, train and taxi from the airport, and the system is easy to navigate.

public transport options in Helsinki are easy to grasp, and there is also a metro, which is the world's northernmost of its kind. It is almost impossible to go astray in, as it only has two lines because of the hassle of breaking through the Finnish granite under the capital. In turn, a large tram-network of the earth, as well as a well-functioning system of buses.
There are only two lines on the subway, but sporvognsnettet works fine, and it is easy to get around in the city on the way. Photo: Shutterstock.com the
must not opt out of Helsinki as a holiday destination, because you fear the language, which mainly consists of long vowels and hard consonants, almost being spat out in the same face of the speedsnakkende local.

All signs in the city – yes, in the whole of the country is both in Finnish and Swedish. And depending on whether they are in a Finnish - or svenskdomineret part of the country, will that language stand at the top of the signs. You are not strong in the Swedish, so speaking finns an excellent English just like in the other nordic countries.

Takes you to Helsinki in the winter season, so should you prepare for that there can be really cold. In January it's hot, when it is minus four degrees, in the same month can be down to minus ten, sometimes even colder. the
Helsinki Cathedral/Helsingin tuomiokirkko was built in 1830-52 to Finland's grand duke czar Nicholas 1. of Russia. Until Finland gained independence in 1917 was called the church of St. nicholas. Center, Church. The cathedral is a tourist attraction, and yes, you have to get up the many stairs to enjoy the view over Helsinki. Photo: Louise Svane Pedersen
summer is a little colder in Helsinki than in Denmark, but it can easily become quite hot. Some summers can easily be warmer than at home. A bonus at the Finnish summer is that it is very intense, so the berries and mushrooms growing in droves and are small smagsbomber.

It is recommended to take a trip down to the main market square Kauppatori by the harbour and buying bulk of the many cheap fruits, berries and tasty mushrooms. There are also great excursions to fæstningsværket Suomenlinna and the open air museum Seurasaari.

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Fins is occupied by the sauna

Photo: AP
For the cold days the finns an ace in the backhand – namely, the extremely popular sauna. Most apartment buildings and houses have a sauna, and they are used extensively. They are not just pulterkamre, as one often sees it in the private Danish single-family houses from the 70's.

more or less occupied by saunas, some bars are even equipped with such a cauldron. And the ferris wheel, which is located at the busy port, has a special gondola, which is a sauna. Remember: you Move into a sauna in Finland, then you are naked, and you are lucky enough to be invited in private, so they are not necessarily divided by gender. A Finnish sauna is a common experience, so it must be prepared.

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The Finnish archipelago is an experience in itself. Many of the islands are however privately owned. Photo: Louise Svane Pedersen
you will Find yourself in Helsinki, more than an extended weekend, it is recommended that you take a day trip with one of the many ferries to some of the surrounding countries. Among other things it is possible to take a ferry to Stockholm, which is added to by the Åland islands, which is located in the Baltic sea between Finland and Sweden. The islands are a Finnish autonomous archipelago and clearly worth a visit.

you can take a ferry from Helsinki to St. Petersburg in Russia. Usually one must apply for a visa, if you as a tourist will a trip to Russia, but with this ferry ride, it is not necessary. The trip to Russia guarantees 72 hours in the historic city, allowing plenty of time to explore among other things the Winter.

take a ferry to Tallinn, the Estonian capital. It takes a few hours to sail the trip, and there is no restriction on the amount of alcohol one can have with back to Finland. In Tallinn's ferry landing, near the ancient medieval town, where you can go hunting for the place where It reportedly fell down from the sky in 1219. All prices for the various ferry trips vary according to the time of year, how long you are away, the number of persons and whether you have a car with them.

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You can get everything canned! Here is the meat of bear, reindeer and elk, which are sold. Photo: Louise Svane Pedersen
Finland's independence is younger than Lise Nørgaard. The Danish actress is born 14. June in 1917, and Finland became independent 6. december 1917.

In Finland you can only buy beer and alcopops in supermarkets – the stronger the drink to buy in the alcohol monopoly, which for convenience is called Alko.

the Finnish word is generally quite long, and the language has the world's longest palindrome, ’saippuakivikauppias’, which means ’sæbebloksforhandler’.

Helsinki was the host of the OLYMPICS in the summer of 1952, when enterprising businessmen invented the drink, lonkero, which is gin and grape served up from draft beer systems. It is served in large making filled with ice.

Fins is wild with hard rock and karaoke. Many bars in Helsinki offer the opportunity to sing just karaoke, and they have a large selection of both Finnish and English songs. Are you the kind of, so can the karaoke bar Anna K on the street Annankatu recommended.

Helsinki has many boats as you can sail most places. Even the city's zoo is located on an island, where there are moorings for people's private boats.

The Finnish archipelago is big and beautiful. Many of the islands in the archipelago is privately owned, and they are used most often as the sommerresidenser.

The Finnish population is so wild with tango, they have developed their own version. Finnish tango is being danced by young and old, and in the summer there will be dancing out under the open sky.

Wife is a Finnish company, which makes lifts. Wife in English means "wife", but in Finnish it means the machine. So, if a finn calls a Danish woman for the wife, it is not necessarily a loving statement.

Fins is of the belief that santa claus lives in Lapland. It is not true; he lives in Greenland. But it has not prevented the finns to build santa claus a whole oplevelsesby in Rovaniemi in the Finnish part of Lapland.

Phrasebook

Moi [måij]

Terve [tærvæ]

Kiitos [giitås]

Kyllä or joo [gyllæa or jååååååå]

Ei [æij]

Olut [ålut]

Kahvi [gahrvi]

Anteeksi [andææksi]

Nimeni on ... [Nimæni ån ...]

A ymmärrä [ch ymmarra]

Apua [abpua]

I tanskalainen [ålæn danskalainæn]

No voi vittu saatana [no voi vittu saatana]

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