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To Lauren and all interested Finland Searchers:

Helsinki is a great place to visit.
You are right Finland is considered an out of the way place and much more rustic than the rest of Scandanavia which alot of the time is not even called part of Scandanavia. I think that in my opinon it is one of the best places to visit and is not so touristy but very tech savy as Nokia is there. Most people visit Sweden Denmark and Norway.
Many sights that should be checked out are the following:
1.The Church that is built in the Rock,
2.The Olympic Stadium and Museum 3.Marketplace near the interesting waterfront.
4, Great winter clothing store.
5. Stockman's Department Store
Helsinki has a colorful sort of Eastern European architecture as Finland was once owned by Russia.
Up from the waterfront is a park up in the hills with a great view of the water.
The people are extremely friendly.
If you like Vodka with berries you
are in luck. There are many vodka bars.
Also if you will be in Finland do take the fast boat to Tallinn Estonia, Very close. I went to Stockholm on my last trip to Helsinki and this time I am going to Tallinn, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Also do go to St.Petersburg. Everyone that I have talked to that has been there loves it and calls it the Paris of the North. The overnight Ferry
Silja to Stockholm is a must and stay in the old section Gamla Stan. Expensive but worth it.
Check the duty free shop on board and buy Fazer the famous Finish chocolate. The boat is state run so you pay for your berth and pay extras for food and fun but the fare to Sweden is very reasonable.
The feel there reminds me of Old Paris. It is really beautiful and great people. Have a great time in Finland.

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