As European towns go, Helsinki is a youngster, having been founded on the shores of the Gulf of Finland in the mid-16th century. Today, Finland’s capital is a sleek, modern urban area of 1.4 million people. Since Finland was once a part of Russia, you’ll find Russian inspired architecture. You’ll also find innovative, cutting edge architecture. It’s an island city, covering 315 islands and a peninsula, so you’re in for some stunning scenery when you can tear yourself away from sampling Finnish foods, seeing museums, churches and other tourist cultural attractions in Helsinki.