Vanhankaupunki, Helsinki Old Town

Vanhankaupunki or Helsinki Old Town is 5km from where the center of town is now situated. The town was established in 1550 by the Swedish King Gustav Vasa, as Finland was under Swedish rule at the time. By 1570 it is thought that there were around 500 inhabitants.┬áBy 1640 the town was moved from thisContinue reading “Vanhankaupunki, Helsinki Old Town”

Arabia

Arabia is a neighborhood about 5km from Helsinki City Center, where city meets nature with parks, cycle paths and nature reserves. From 1550-1640 Helsinki Old Town wasn’t far from here until it was moved to its current location. The neighborhood is home to the Arabia ceramics factory that has since become an icon of theContinue reading “Arabia”