Little by little, Finland is becoming an important tourist destination in Northern Europe, something that is not surprising considering that most of the country is in tune with nature.
There are many corners of Finland that are worth visiting (the beautiful southern archipelago, the extraordinary north coast, the surprising Lapland, the lush interior …), but today we want to focus on its cities , many of which are extremely pleasant. So, what we are going to do next is talk to you about some of the most important cities in the country, based on the amount of population. Would you like to join us?
How could it be otherwise, let’s start by talking about the capital, Helsinki, which is located next to the Baltic Sea. In fact, it has 100 kilometers of coastline, in addition to having 300 islands. In addition to its proximity to nature, what is surprising about this place is that Russian and Swedish influences are present in every corner: architecture, design, gastronomy, customs …
The second most populous city in Finland is Espoo, which is part of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Known for being the headquarters of the telecommunications company Nokia , this quiet city is chosen by many workers from the capital to locate their homes. The best thing is that it perfectly combines the urban fabric with nature.
170 kilometers from the capital is Tampere, a city that is divided into two parts by the rapid that flows from Lake Näsi to Lake Pyhä. This place is characterized by being very active and dynamic. In fact, it houses three universities and different vocational training centers and institutes. In addition, it is important to bear in mind that it is a city with a wide theatrical and literary tradition.
We also have to talk about Vantaa, a city that belongs to the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. In fact, the center of the Finnish capital is considered the center for the inhabitants of the city. If this corner is known for something, it is because it houses the Helsinki-Vantaa airport , which is the most important in the whole country. In addition, we want to highlight the Heureka Science Center, a place that is worth visiting.
We continue our tour of Finland in Oulu, which is considered the leading city in the north of the country. Its technological park, which houses the university, stands out. In addition, it is important to note that it is a kind of gateway to the spectacular nature of the north.
On the southwestern coast of the country, on the banks of the Aura River, is Turku, considered the oldest city in Finland. In fact, it is an authentic medieval city, with the market square, the cathedral and the castle. Of course, it is also an important cultural and business center. On the other hand, it is important to bear in mind that in summer the city hosts a lot of events and festivals.
Another of the most populated cities in Finland is Jyväskylä, which is located in the south-central part of the country, on the shores of Lake Päijänne. Known as the “Athens of Finland” and as the “city of sciences and arts”, it houses several training centers. In addition, here it is possible to find several buildings designed by the important architect Alvar Altoo.
Finally, we want to tell you about Rovaniemi, which although it is not among the most populated cities in Finland, it is one of the most important in the country. Capital of Lapland, it is a place where activities in the middle of nature , culture and, of course, fairy tales converge. In fact, here you can meet Santa Claus.