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Helsinki With A Local.

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Helsinki With A Local.

“It’s Nordic, but not Scandinavian, halfway between Stockholm and Saint Petersburg, and only eighteen minutes from Tallinn by helicopter.”
(Louis Vuitton City Guide 2008)

Helsinki lies not only from a geographical perspective between Stockholm and Saint Petersburg, but can also be classified as somewhere in-between. I read this many times and even though I haven’t been to any of them before, I can clearly see something of both, Russian and Scandinavian influence in the architecture and cityscape. When walking through the streets I caught myself many times comparing Helsinki to Copenhagen or Moscow. Scandinavian minimalism meets Russian magnificence. A good mix, that cannot be overlooked when passing some of the countless cafés and interior stores.


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