Christmas shopping in Helsinki
We head to Santa's homeland to stock up on some Christmas stocking fillers, from fashion and homeware to books and toys.Published by Gestalten, The Monocle Travel Guide to Helsinki is available now at The Monocle Shop.
Waterside Expo: Helsinki
The Helsinki Swimming Stadium, originally earmarked for the 1940 Olympic Games, is a winning attraction in the Finnish capital. An oasis among lush lawns where residents come for relaxation and training – after the compulsory jump, that is.
2nd Cycle - collectable castoffs
In 1935 the founders of Artek drew up a manifesto that the Finnish furniture company still lives by. Their "one chair is enough" slogan promoted a philosophy of consuming in an intelligent way. And this resulted in well-designed, timeless pieces that are coveted to this day. So much so that Artek is hunting down old items and bringing them back to life.
Most liveable city: Helsinki
Helsinki claims the number 1 spot in Monocle’s 2011 Quality of Life survey, which ranks the top 25 cities in the world to call home. Rising from ﬁfth position in 2010, Helsinki outperformed Zürich at number 2 and Copenhagen at number 3 to claim the mantle as the world’s most liveable city. An unorthodox but well-deserving champion, the Finnish capital stands out for its fundamental courage to rethink its urban ambitions, and for possessing the talent, ideas and guts to pull it off.