Hannes Kolehmainen ran Finland on to the world map in the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games, where he was the first ever Finn to win athletics Olympic gold.
To mark Helsinki’s 200 years as capital city, the Ehrensvärd Society will be offering visitors of Suomenlinna the opportunity to discover the shared history of Finland’s capital city and this unique island fortress.
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’.