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.
Journeys to the heart of the city – education, book project and virtual street
The Union Axis dissects the centre of Helsinki, stretching from Kopernikuksentie on Observatory Hill, via Unioninkatu across Pitkäsilta Bridge to Siltasaarenkatu and to Kallio Church beyond.
Laituri is one of the most important Helsinki venues for World Design Capital year 2012.
Exhibitions, which change every month, follow the theme ‘The open city – opportunities for improving the lives of city residents’.
Seats of learning – 200 years of design at Helsinki University exhibition explores the university’s interiors over the past two centuries.
The document exhibition showcases the year 1812, which was in many ways a significant year in Finnish history. Emperor Alexander I of Russia and Crown Prince Carl Johan of Sweden met in Turku in the August of 1812 and sealed Finland's position as a Grand Duchy of Russia. In the same year, Helsinki became the capital of Finland, Old Finland was connected to the rest of Finland and the national armed forces were re-established.