Bakery and confectionery students from the Helsinki City College of Culinary Art, Fashion and Beauty create gingerbread houses reflecting Helsinki’s 200 years as Finland’s capital.
Cultural Centre G18
The National Museum of Finland
The Head and Heart exhibition at Virka Galleria tells the story of Helsinki, declared as the capital of the newly created Grand Duchy of Finland on 8 April 1812 by Tsar Alexander I.
Designed by C.L. Engel and completed in 1834, the Observatory on Observatory Hill is currently being renovated and is due to reopen to the public in autumn 2012.
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.
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.