Commemorative Project

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 and began the process of the city’s development into the nation’s cultural, economic and administrative hub. The jubilee year is an opportunity for us to remember the past 200 years as well as to cast our eyes to the future.

The Helsinki – 200 Years as Capital celebrations will take place throughout the year. The programme consists of events both great and small, aimed at Helsinki’s residents and visitors alike, irrespective of age.

The programme comprises exhibitions, street storytelling, journeys into the city’s history, street art, neighbourhood events, lecture series and development projects. The year is intended to make Helsinki an even more fascinating and welcoming place for both residents and visitors. A well-run, successful and fun-filled capital is an asset to the entire country.

The jubilee year celebrations are organised by the city’s administrative departments and universities, central government and the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 Foundation and a number of societies and associations will also be making a significant contribution.

The project is coordinated by the City of Helsinki’s Events Unit, part of the city’s Economic and Planning Centre’s Economic Development Division.