Helsinki is the largest city in Finland as well as Finland’s capital city. It is located in the southern part of Finland in the Uusimaa region. Helsinki acquired its capital status in 1812 after Russia conquered the region. Due to its natural harbor, Helsinki is a bustling economic hotspot. It is known for its unique appearance, which is thanks to the number of marble buildings in the city.

Helsinki is the most popular city in Finland. Currently, there is a population of 588,941 in the city while the whole urban area has a population of 1,325,775. The city of Helsinki has close ties with the cities of Stockholm, Sweden, which is 250 miles to the west, Tallinn, Estonia, which is 50 miles to the south, and the city of Saint Petersburg, Russia, which is 240 miles to the east. Its population is comprised of different ethnic groups ranging from Finnish, Swedish, and Russian among others.

Helsinki is home to wealth of tourist attractions, ranging from outdoor and indoor activities. The climate of the city is mild when compared to many in Scandinavia. One of the most unique attractions in Finland is the "Kamppi Chapel", which is also known as the "Chapel of Silence". It is intended to provide a quiet space for reflection amongst the busy atmosphere of the city center.

Finland experiences four climatic seasons with an average temperature of 5.9 degree Celsius. The coldest month is December, with temperatures sometimes dropping to -34.3 degrees Celsius. In summer, sunshine can last as long as 19 hours.

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