History - In 1550 King Gustav Vasa, A Swedish
King founded the Helsinki. He wish to use it to consolidate
trade in the southern part of Finland. For a long
time after he ordered people to relocate to the area,
which didn't work as they had planned and there was
a resentment. For many years the area became a forgotten
village. Nothing much was happening in the city of
Helsinki at that time.
In the eighteenth century a sea-fortress called Suomenlinna
was built to guard from further attacks from the Russians.
It was two times during the first have of the century
that the city of Helsinki became occupied by the Russian
forces. This would later prove to be very beneficial
to the area.
In 1809 the city was transferred from Sweden to Russian.
It was at that time that the Russian government decided
to make Helsinki the Capital of Finland.
The capital previously was Turku. After they named
Helsinki the capital the Russian government rebuilt
In the 19th century Helsinki's Population
increased rapidly. Many people moved into the area
and it really thrived. In 1810 there were 4,070 people
living in the area and by 2001 the number had grown
to 559,718. It also became an economic and cultural
center of Finland and its boom continued on.
Today in the City of Helsinki the
tourist industry is also a very profitable industry.
The people of Helsinki are proud of their land and
they love visitors from all over the world and welcome
them to return over and over again to visit their
home. It is with great pride that they live there.
Just take a look around while you are there and you
will see why so many of the people there would never
leave their city of the sea.