June 12: Helsinki Day

helsinki, finland [image copyright Encyclopedia Brittanica, Kids]

June 12 is a big holiday in Finland, but one which I doubt much of the rest of the world has ever heard of. Nevertheless, more than 100,000 people crowd into the many events celebrating the city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

Helsinki is located on the southern edge of Finland, along the Baltic Sea, and has the largest population of any Finnish city, with some 1.3 million people in the greater municipal area. The first Helsinki Day was held on June 12, 1959, a whole 409 years after King Gustav I of Sweden established Helsinki as a trading town on the edge of the sea.

Helsinki City Center [image credit Axilera at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Helsinki_City_Center.jpg]

“For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”

Hebrews 11:10

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