Finland

Finland pictures. These images show Helsinki both in the winter (taken during a period of heavy snowfall, temperatures below -15 degrees and the city's tram network grinding to a halt) and on beautiful summer days, when the Finns flock to the parks in colourful clothes with beers.

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Helsinki

Blonde Finns in the park with their bicycles

An unusually hot day

Skateboard

Summer

Traffic

People at the Helsinki Festival

Kaivopuisto Park, Helsinki

Street art: clotheslines with colorful clothes in downtown Helsinki

Brave - or, rather, unfortunate - cyclists were battling with the severe weather

Dragged

Open air cafe

Main station

An unlikely procession at the Helsinki Festival

Music of dubious quality at the Helsinki Festival

Park

Seaside boxing

Kaivopuisto Park

Klop or Kubb, a game where wooden blocks must be knocked over by throwing other wooden blocks at them

A fairly unique-looking building (perhaps Art Nouveau?)

Helsinki harbor

Helsinki Harbor

Hurry

A Finnish theatre showing Dostoevsky's The Idiot

Watching

One of Helsinki's marinas

Mom (beside the playground)

Family

A well-deserved nap

These guys aren't sure why they're here

Picnic utopia - car wrecks and old computers covered by moss

Fleeing inside

In the Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko)

Shadow

Helsinki Harbor

Even the snow-white Cathedral looked gray

Sofiankatu and its atmospheric lamps and old-fashioned phone booth

Sofiankatu

The stairs leading up to Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki Central

Helsinki residential

Many residential streets were nearly devoid of all life

Swing

A summer chat

The Finnish language is complex and related to few others (it's not related to the rest of the Scandinavian languages like Swedish)

Homeward bound

Traffic

Adding a few Greek-style columns doesn't give a building character

Red skirt

Nuuksio

Lake in Nuuksio National Park

Nuuksio, an hour from Helsinki, is a beautiful forested area peppered with lakes

Hiking trail in Nuuksio National Park

Wooden hut in the national park full of firewood

Boat

Swim

The photo was taken on the signposted orange hiking trail in Nuuksio


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