It has a population of about 570,000 (2008), and combined with the neighbouring municipalities of Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen, the population exceeds 1 000 000.
The main language in Helsinki is Finnish, but there is a Swedish minority. Helsinki is officially bilingual.
Helsinki hosted the Summer Olympics in 1952.
- Lonely Planet Finland by Andy Symington and George Dunford (2009)
- Helsinki: The Bradt City Guide by Nigel Wallis (2007) excerpt and text search