Full of illuminated surprises, the annual Lux Helsinki light festival uses coloured beams to transform some of the city’s best loved buildings and streets in early January. You can see them in our photos without braving the cold.
Flow Festival is known for more than music; it’s also about food – and there’s also plenty for vegetarians to enjoy. But you don’t have to wait for the festival weekend, since almost all the dishes we sample here are on offer all year round in Helsinki.
The world's northernmost metro station, in Helsinki
of Finns live in urban areas
Source: UN World Urbanisation Prospects
Helsinki is one of the world's most liveable cities
Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit