Helsinki is sometimes called the Pearl of the Baltic Sea.
The pictures below may help explain why…
Helsinki Cathedral from the sea with a Viking Line ferry in the foreground (Likely going to Sweden or Estonia).
Sailing is very popular in Finland and this is just one of the many sail boats that can be seen in the Archipelago during the summer. Finland has a good reputation for building great ships, small and large (Royal Carribean’s Freedom of the Seas f.ex.).
The Presidential Palace of the Republic of Finland as seen from the water.
In the fall you can find Lingonberries for sale at the Market Square in Helsinki.
A view of the Helsinki skyline from close to Suomenlinna (Sveaborg).
A view of the outlet of the South Harbor of Helsinki.
Closeup of the Market Square along the waterfront and the Cathedral in the background.
View of the South Harbor in Helsinki with the Market Square along the waterfront and the Cathedral in the background.
Helsinki Inlet to the Harbor with a pleasure boat going by.
The entrance to Stockmann, a Helsinki institution. It is a Department store and the people you see in the picture may very well be waiting for someone they arranged to meet here as this is a popular place to meet.
Detail of the Central Railway Station in Helsinki, an Art Noveau (sometimes called Finnish National Romanticism) building designed by Eliel Saarinen (Father of Eero Saarinen who designed, among other things, the Gateway Arch in St Louis MO). The Helsinki Central Station opened in 1919.
Aleksis Kivi (1834-1872) Finnish writer to publish the first significant novel in the Finnish language 1870 titled “Seven Brothers”. His statue is in front of the Finnish National Theatre.