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Yes, indeed, in Helsinki to live is better than somewhere else in the world! It is not a mere statement, but the result published in the prestigious British magazine Monocle, as the annual ranking of the 25 cities in the world with high quality of life. Once during a few years Helsinki took the stable fifth place in the rank, then made a significant leap forward and surpassing Zurich and Copenhagen, took in first place at the list of cities with high standards of living. Soon after followed such an important event when Helsinki became the European capital of design in 2012.
Helsinki is a metropolis of Finland and its largest city with about 600 000 inhabitants. The city offers many attractions to its visitors, of some of which you can read below.
Art lovers should definitely visit the Ateneum Art Museum which is the most important one in Finland, where exposed more than 20,000 works among which are such famous names of Finland as Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Albert Edelfelt and Simberg, or Munch and Van Gogh.
A huge number of tourists can be observed on the market square Kauppatori, which is the most typical place of Helsinki and where you can join in a special local atmosphere. Here are plenty of stalls and stands where you can taste the local cuisine. In the center of the square erased a granite obelisk dedicated to Tsar Nicholas I and his wife Alexandra.
Very interesting and characteristic is the Temppeliaukio Church, which is totally carved into the rock and its dome is supported by numerous windows.
You can visit the Cathedral of the Assumption, which is the largest Orthodox Temple in Western Europe designed in Byzantine style and is covered by fourteen gold domes in the shape of a bow.
In fact, in Helsinki there are no real lakes, but you can see many islands and islets which are interconnected by bridges and ferries. The two largest and most popular islands of Helsinki are Suomenlinna and Seurasaari.
Suomenlinna isle can be reached by ferry from the Market Square in about twenty minutes. In fact, it is an island fortress that served to protect Helsinki from enemy attacks. Fortress of Suomenlinna is built on many small islands connected by bridges, which are within walking distance. Here are almost no cars, except for a few cars of local residents. Suomenlinna is a favorite destination of young Finns who on warm summer days arrange picnics here. Winters are quite cold, and when the sea freezes, the island can be reached on foot.
Also the Seurasaari isle can be reached in twenty minutes. There are no inhabitants and the island is presented as an open air museum, where are demonstrated the house and the boat found in different regions of Finland.