The city is in harmony with the sea, the fastest connection to the former Soviet Union. The tendency to stay small and invisible can still be felt, the heritage of decades of stress, living next to an unpredictable superpower.
A rather chaotic market in an otherwise over-organised society, with very long summer days. Helsinki enjoys just a few months without ice or snow yet is still in the top ten list of nicest cities. I love the typical Finnish ‘Marimekko’ colours that have conquered the world.