By the start of the eighteenth century, Helsinki had become the fourth most important port of importation after Stockholm, Gävle, and Gothenburg.
Four years after the catastrophic fire, Helsinki became the country’s capital.
The citizens of Helsinki embraced the Helsinki 200 Years as Capital 2012 jubilee year. During the year, many residents and guests to the capital participated in the programme of the memorable year.
The Helsinki 200 Years as Capital jubilee year will culminate in a light installation above the anniversary year theme street Union Axis.
Helsinki was declared the capital of the Finnish Grand Duchy in 1812. Its elevation to capital status represents the most significant turning point in the city’s history
Without the Sveaborg army base just off the coast of the city, then tiny Helsinki might never have become the capital of Finland.
To conclude the 200th jubilee year, Helsinki City Museum will be handing over the city’s oldest building to its youngest residents.
Modern Finnish art will be showcased on transformer boxes along the Union Axis from Unioninkatu to Siltasaarenkatu.
Unioninkatu is the Festival Street of the Helsinki 200 Years as Capital jubilee year. Emperor Alexander I of Russia, who elevated Helsinki to the status of capital, arrived in Helsinki along this street on his 1819 visit to the city, and named it Unioninkatu, or Union Street.
EditorAnne Hämäläinen, Communications Officer, Events Unit, Economic Development Division, Economic and Planning Centre, City of HelsinkiThe web site www.helsinki200.fi is no longer being updated.
Senior EditorSaila Machere, Events Manager
Historical articlesCity of Helsinki Urban Facts / Special researcher Martti Helminen
Helsinki City Museum / Researcher Marja Pehkonen
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