Junior Risk Analyst
Being an outdoors person, Helsinki is a playground offering a wide range of activities, ranging from the highly exotic like ice swimming to cross-country skiing, sailing and running. I also like the creative spirit of the city, its design district, northern oddities and the numerous cosy coffee shops around the city.
Many traditions – including sauna, outdoor swimming and the love of nature – are enjoyed by the locals all year round.
In the summer months, when temperatures rise and the sun barely sets, the lush parks fill with people enjoying picnics and play.
During winter holidays many enjoy leisure time in the city or take a break away from the urban life and head to one of the skiing resorts nearby.
That's the essence of living in Helsinki; despite having the energetic feel of a capital, nature is never too far away.
Surrounded by 100 kilometres of coastline, Helsinki is characterized by vivid nature and authentic culture. Finland scores high on surveys that measure the overall quality of life and its capital ranks amongst the most liveable cities across the globe.
For expats Helsinki is a safe place to make a home. It has a great public healthcare and the level of education is one of the best in the world. There are plenty of museums, playgrounds and sport centres to explore and the public transport network is easy to use – even with small children.
Food, design, music and art are celebrated throughout the year, and many new festivals and events have emerged in the past few years.
My favourite place in Helsinki is probably Suomenlinna, an 18th-century sea fortress built on a cluster of islands a 10-minute ferry ride from the main market square, Kauppatori. The fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and has museums and cafés. It’s fun to explore, and you easily forget how close you are to the city centre when you’re there.