Please be aware that Daylight Saving Time
(DST) changes in Helsinki do not necessarily occur on the same date every year.
In Helsinki, DST starts on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October.
Facts About Helsinki
Information for Travelers
Helsinki, the Finnish capital in the south of the country is also the largest city in Finland.
The city sits on a granite peninsula on the northern shore of the Gulf of Finland, facing the Baltic Sea.
King Gustav Vasa of Sweden founded Helsinki in 1550, and in 1808 the city was incorporated into the Russian Grand Duchy of Finland.
After a great fire destroyed a third of the city in 1808, Carl Ludwig Engel (1778-1840) was commissioned to rebuild it, and the resulting neoclassical city center is set in wide, beautiful streets and boulevards with abundant parks.
The port, where many of the nearly 300 cruise ships that visit annually dock, is right in the heart of Helsinki, and several of the main tourist attractions are within walking distance.
Helsinki is a great city to explore on foot or by bike, and has an excellent public transport system that includes boats to the islands and trains to other destinations in Finland.
On Mannerheimintie Main Street are institutions such as the National Museum, which traces Finnish history from the Stone Age to the present.
There is also the imposing Parliament building and the Kiasma, a contemporary art museum.
The ornate red-brick Uspensky Cathedral overlooks the harbor.
Read about Helsinki in Wikipedia