Thought for the day…” The future Depends on what we do in the present” (Gandhi)
” Life is the art of drawing without an Eraser”.
Two photos from Helsinki, Capital of Finland. One thing that you will NOT see a lot of in Helsinki (nor in Finland in general) are European Union flags. The EU is not popular in Finland, and even on public buildings such as the Finnish Parliament and Helsinki Town Hall, you are unlikely to see an EU flag, just the white and blue flag of Finland. There is even a cafe in Helsinki which has the prices in the previous Finnish currency (maarka), as even the Euro money is not popular. Often the only EU flags that you will see are on the ferry terminals, some of the larger hotels and also on the EU Office in the city centre. Car number plates have to have the EU flag on them by law, but basically you will not see many EU flags in Finland.
The first photo below is from the central Senate Square. This square, just below the Lutheran cathedral is used for pop concerts, Christmas markets and events (the Eurovision Song contest has even been held here). The buildings around the square resemble those in St. Peterburg, Russia, and parts of Helsinki were used in the 1960s and 70s for movies based on Russia, until the city council decided that it was not a good idea.
Whilst the architecture and design of Helsinki makes it a great city-break destination, the best thing is the strong Finnish coffee. Finland is number one in the world for coffee consumption per capita, and the coffee there is excellent (try the ‘Roastery’ on Aleksanderkatu). Many places around the city sell great coffee from 1 euro a cup, and if you are visiting Helsinki in Winter when the temperature is -25 degrees and it is dark nearly all the day, then the coffee will be especially welcome.
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