The Mayor’s Independence Day Reception for fourth-graders has become a real tradition. This year, the reception will be held on Tuesday 04 December at Finlandia Hall for the 16th time. This year is Finland’s 95th Independence Day anniversary and Helsinki’s 200th anniversary as the capital of Finland.
New churches have often found their form through church competitions. The realised designs have had a critical impact on the cityscape, but the competitions have other aspirations, ideals and visions associated with them as well. Find out all about them.
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.
A partnership between the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Arts and the Arcada University of Applied Sciences has resulted in 21 short films on the history of the Union Axis.
On New Year's Eve, the City of Helsinki offers families with children three 90 minute, identical and free-of-charge events. The New Year’s lightworks for families with children events take place in Meilahti, in the old Helsinki City Art Museum property
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.