Life in Helsinki

I have come to an point in my life where I don’t know what I want to do next. I have nice job and an education but that’s not something that I am tempted to do rest of my life. There is so much that this world could offer to me and I feel like it’s time to change the scenery. At the same time I love my country and I love living in Helsinki.

I just read a blog post fromย Jennyย where she listed pros and cons about life in Boston. As a nosy person, I loved reading it. So why not steal the idea heheh? Now or never would be the best time to do a similar post. For myself but also for you who wonder what it’s like to live in Helsinki.

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Quick run down of Helsinki

Helsinki isย the capital and largest city of Finland but compared to the other world we are teeny tiny. Here you get to discover all seasons, spring and autumn are really beautiful, breezy and colorful here. In winter we’ve got way too much snow and when summer comes everyone basically lives on outdoors because the warmth lasts only few weeks. Also something that’s worth mentioning is that we are the homeland of santa claus. He doesn’t live in Helsinki but I just wanted to put that out there okay..

Cons of Helsinki

People

Finns in certain are not big small talkers, we like to just mind our own business. We avoid eye contact with everyone as much as we can and in public transports we prefer standing than sitting down next to someone we don’t know. People in Helsinki aren’t always the nicest, we just really like to keep our distance. But if you travel to the northern Finland you will find more hospitable people.

Living here is expensive

The apartments are really expensive here. Youย need to work your butt off to find ย an proper apartment, and even more difficult is to find an apartment that actually matches it’s price.

ย Food culture is kind of stuck

Some people really enjoy eating in restaurants but I prefer taking the food with me as I go. In Helsinki you really need to dig deep to find proper take away places. We don’t have stalls and small food places around the cityย where you can just grab some lunch with you and keep going.

It takes ages for bands and artists to come here

As a music lover, this really bothers me. Even though we are the capital of Finland, really small amount of well known bands and artists tour here. If we want to go and see some big names around the world we need to travel abroad, most likely to Sweden.

Pros of Helsinki

Nature and the sea

We got lots and lots of nature here. No matter where you go, you will always find a forest where to run away if everything gets too much (wink wink). Alsoย half of the Helsinki is kind of surrounded by the sea, which is nice variation from forests.

The sizeย 

I love that Helsinki is not too big or too small. The distances between places aren’t too long so it doesn’t take forever to get from one place to another. Also Helsinki isn’t too crowded. There are still lot of people here so it feels lively but you don’t get lost in a huge crowd of busy people.

It’s really easy to move around Helsinki

We’ve really good public transports here, they will get you wherever you want whenever you want. Also because the average Finns use public transports we don’t need to worry about the traffic here. Of course there is traffic but not anything huge where you need to stand still with your car for ages.

Endless amount of cute coffee/brunch places

When you first come to Helsinki you will just see these huge brands that everyone has around the world like Starbucks, Subway andย Vapiano. But if you know where to look you will discover cosy and aesthetically pleasing coffee places with delicious menus.

High level education

Helsinki affords you really good opportunities to study on different levels (university, university of applied sciences, vocational school). Also everything is tuition free here for everyone.

After all Helsinki is a really good place to be but I really crave a life in big city with busy people. Please share your thoughts about the place where you live, I would love to hear what it’s like in other countries and cities!!

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Fall in love with Helsinki

Over a week ago my friend from Holland came to Finland. She was staying here couple days so we had little time to explore Helsinki (which was nice since I don’t do that much even though I live here). We visited really cute places so I wanted to share some of our time with you.

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First place was HAM – Helsinki Art Museum. It was a place full of confusing art. I wondered around with mixed feelings, sometimes feeling happy sometimes uncomfortable. But isn’t that the point? Art gives everyone different experience.

This might sound littleย sillyย but my favorite part of the museum was definitely the bathroom. It had pretty colors as you can see from the picture above and the mirror said “you don’t know how beautiful you are”. It was a part of exhabition too and it was just so cute.

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We also visited Museum of Broken Relationships.ย The Museum consists of items and stories behind them that are related to broken relationships. It was really interesting to read what people around the world had experienced. There was stories written with pain, humor, bitterness, relief and so much more. They also had a book there where you could share your own story of love and loss. It was adorable.

I recommend everyone to visit this museum, it won’t let you down I promise.

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At last I want to say little bit about this beautiful harbor in Eira, Helsinki. We ย had to do some walking to get there but it was totally worth it because the weather was so nice. We bought ice creams and just sat there watching people who walked by. It was great end for the day.

Incase someone wants to know my dress is from Zara. I had finally chance to wear it since it was warm and sunny. I usually don’t go for v-necks but this dress was just too pretty not to buy. Heh. And of course I had my black Vans on, they are basically the only shoes I wear.

Anyway I had great time discovering Helsinki, and if you live here or ever decide to come for a visit you really should check these places out!