The capital of Finland stretches along the northern coast of the Gulf of Finland and is located on more than 300 islands connected by numerous bridges. The population of the city is 622 240 people and grows by 5-8 thousand every year. At the same time Helsinki is one of the most sparsely populated capitals in Europe.
In 2011 the city took the first place in the list of 25 world best cities made by the British magazine Monocle. However this is the only city in Finland that has trams and an underground.
In the capital there is the biggest in Western Europe functioning Orthodox cathedral – Uspensky cathedral built in 1868 from old walls of the fortress of Borsmud on the Aland islands.