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How to see Helsinki in a day

Must-see destinations to make the most of a seven-hour stop off in Helsinki, Finland.

• Helsinki Cathedral is the symbol of the city, an Empire-style Lutheran church all gleaming and white and beloved by the locals.

• The National Museum of Finland offers up a crash course in Finnish history, tracking the genesis of the country and its people.

• If you are a fan of buildings with columns, then you will love the Finnish Parliament, with 14 impressive columns giving drama to this imposing civic building.

• The chocolate box historic buildings of Tori Quarters were used as administrative offices for decades but are now being reinvented as funky cafés, restaurants and boutiques.

• Esplanade Park is where Finns come to relax on the lawns and listen to the concerts that take place in the sunshine during summer.

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This article appeared in issue 12

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