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Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, was founded by King Gustavus Vasa of Sweden (which Finland belonged to for many centuries) as a new trading post in southern Finland and a competitor to Tallinn in Estonia.

Since 1998, Finland, three times the size of Ohio, has been judged to be the world's least corrupt country, according to the annual survey by the Berlin-based organization Transparency International.
Helsinki Cathedral (St. Nicholas Church)
Helsinki Cathedral (St. Nicholas Church)
The statue of Emperor Alexander II at Helsinki Square
The statue of Emperor Alexander II at Helsinki Square
St. Nicholas' Church
St. Nicholas' Church
A statue of Emperor Alexander II erected in 1894
A statue of Emperor Alexander II erected in 1894
A view of Helsinki Square from the Cathedral
A view of Helsinki Square from the Cathedral
St. Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas Church
The Temppeliaukio Kirkko (Rock Church)
The Temppeliaukio Kirkko (Rock Church)
The town of Porvoo, Finland
The town of Porvoo, Finland
Had a nice lunch here...
Had a nice lunch here...
Downtown Helsinki is packed with shoppers!
Downtown Helsinki is packed with shoppers!