Saturday, April 30, 2016

Hyvää vappua!

It's Vappu time again. And as every year today, on the last day of April, the celebrations officially start with putting the cap on the Havis Amanda statue at Kauppatori exactly at 18:00.

vappu celebration in Esplanadi

Be there at least half an hour earlier if you want to see anything. And don't forget to get your sparkling wine beforehand. Alko closes at six and won't be open tomorrow.

Have a fun and sunny Vappu!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

City bikes are coming back

Good news for all cycling enthusiasts - and even more those who don't have an own bike. Starting from May 2nd Helsinki will have a bike sharing system again.

city bike station at Rautatientori

You can then borrow yellow city bikes (called Alepa Fillari) at one of 50 stations around town. In the beginning around 500 bikes will be available. But until 2018 the number should be raised to 2000.

To borrow a bike you have to register to a season pass: 5 € per day/10 € per week/25€ for the whole season (until end of October). Once you purchased this pass you can borrow any bike at any time at any station and use it free of charge for the first 30 min. After that time extra charges apply. But let's be honest, who needs a bike in Helsinki for longer than 30 min?

To register to the service and find out more about prices, stations and other details, check out the City bike website.

Enjoy cycling and have a nice week!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Winter is spring

Nono, don't worry, the cold time of the year is over. But Game of Thrones is in town. Today The Hall Of Faces open its doors on Narinkkatori. The exhibition on the successful fantasy TV show is free to enter and lets you dive into the world of Game of Thrones.

The Hall Of Faces exhibition

Put your picture in the hall of faces, sit on the iron throne and fight with "Needle", Ayra's sword.

The exhibition is in Helsinki from Wednesday until Sunday. So don't miss out and drop by.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Bright evenings are back

Spring is coming to Helsinki. Now also the meteorologists confirmed that the cold time of the year is over. In fact this March has been much warmer then what is normal for Finland.

Musiikkitalo in spring

Enjoy the sunny weekend with some beautiful sunsets.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Easter in Helsinki

The long Easter weekend has started. And there is lots to do in the city. Traditionally the weekend starts with the Via Crucis. Tonight at 21:30 the crucification will is reenacted with the Walk of the Cross from Kaisaniemi Park to Senaatintori.

Tuomiokirkko with Via Crucis announcement

And if you have time, drop by at the Helsinki Zoo as well. During the weekend it turns into an Easter island with a special program.  

Also good to know: This year many supermarkets stay open throughout the whole Easter time due to the new legislation on opening time. 

Have a wonderful Easter time!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day

You are still at home? Off with you to the pub to celebrate the Irish St. Patrick's Day. There is a lot going on in town. Molly Malones, Woolshed, O'Malley's and all the other Irish pubs in town have something special going on tonight.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

There will be live music, special offers, green and orange merchandise and of course lots of delicious stout.

Have a great night!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sunny Sunday

The sun is out and it feels like spring. It is the perfect day for a walk around town or along the coast. And for those of you interested in some art today, you can still join today's Helsinki Art Work starting at 13:30.

Have a great Sunday!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Finns love reading

Finns love to read. When I arrived here I was surprised how popular it was. At least in comparison to my home country I had the feeling that everyone read books here.

A recent study from the Central Connecticut State University now supports my impression. It came to the conclusion that Finland is actually the most literate nation in the world.

You can find the full ranking and more information on the study on

Enjoy the day and for the sake of this amazing result go grab a book tonight.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Useful Finnish passport

Did you know that the Finnish passport is one of the best to have worldwide? In a study of the British immigration lawyers Henley and Partners the Finnish passport ranks as the third best one in the world.

It allows entering 175 countries without a visa. Only the German (177 countries) and Swedish (176) are better. 

For more information read the full story on Yle News.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Karaoke in the Restroom

Finns love karaoke. Even better if it takes place in an unusual place. Like e.g. in a bus or taxi. Or in a former public toilet.

Karaoke Bar Restroom

The small pub Restroom in Eira makes exactly that possible. The place that used to fulfill peoples most urgent needs now is a cozy little bar that is famous for its karaoke evenings.

Drop by and give it a try. Have a nice weekend!