Helsinki, not impressive but still a lot of fun.

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Sunday, October 22, 2006


Helsinki was a very big disappointment for me. There really isn't much to see or to do. Especially when it's raining... But I have to admit that I was still recuperating from my Russian sickness so I was not in the best condition to explore. But still, it was definitely not impressive.

The Fins are great though. Everyone speaks English and I had a very good contact with them. I learned that Helsinki was actually founded by the King of Sweden in order to compete with Tallin, Estonia who was controlling the trade market in the Baltic sea. As of today, 10% of the people of Finland still speaks Sweedish. I was amazed to see that every single street sign in the city reads in both Fin and Sweedish. That has got to be one of the best treatment of a minority in the whole world. And that ends up being a good thing for the tourists as well cause the Sweedish names are much easier to read than the Fin ones. The Fin language belongs to the Estonian family. It has nothing to do with the other Scandinavian languages. A Sweedish and a Norwegian can speak to each other in their own native language and they will understand each other. Same goes with someone from Denmark. But none of these guys can pick up a word in Fin.

After a couple days in Helsinki I took a ferry to Stockholm. That proved to be the heck of a trip. I was soon going to discover the Sweedish way of travelling...

Helsinki, still a lot of fun...


Helsinki m'a beaucoup decu. Il n'y a vraiment pas grand chose a voir ou a faire. En particulier lorsqu'il pleut... Mais je dois admettre que je recuperais toujours de ma maladie russe alors j'etais un peu indispose. Mais tout de meme ce n'etait pas tres impressionant.

Les Finlandais sont tres gentils toutefois. Tout le monde parle englais et j'ai eu un tres bon contact avec eux. J'ai ete etonne d'apprendre que Helsinki a en fait ete fondee par le Roi de Suede dans le but de competitionner avec Tallin en Estonie qui controlait le commerce dans la mer Baltic. A ce jour, 10% des habitants de Finlande parlent toujours le Suedois. J'ai ete tres etonne de voir que tous les noms de rues sont affiches en finlandais et en suedois. Ce doit etre un de meilleurs traitements d'une minorite au monde. Et ca s'avere etre une tres bonne chose pour les touristes puisque le suedois est beaucoup plus facile a lire pour nous que le finlandais. Le finlandais appartient etonnement a la meme famille que l'Estonien. Il n'a rien a voir avec les autres langues scandinaves. Un Suedois et un Norvegien peuvent se parler chacun dans leur langue respective et ils se comprennent. La meme chose s'applique avec quelqu'un du Danemark. Mais personne ne comprend un seul mot de finlandais.

Apres une couple de jours a Helsinki j'ai pris un bateau pour Stockholm. Ca s'est avere etre tout un voyage. J'allais bientot decouvrir le sens de l'expression "Voyager a la suedoise"...

Helsinki, tout de meme tres divertissante...
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Minna on

Hah, well, I live in Finland and i must say i agree with you. I would recommend that you would visit "Åbo" (Turku in Finnish) wich is much better in every way. Or, 4 that matter, visit Kimito, where i come from, take a trip in the Archipelago where the sveadish speaking finns are most common. The summers here are great, and the spirit is high in everyone.

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