Casino Helsinki (Mikonkatu 19, Hensinki) – this casino offers an extensive array of table games including: American roulette, Blackjack, Red Dog, Oasis Poker, Punto Banco and five different poker games. It also has 300 slot machines. Its specialties are the Derby horse racing game, the Touch Bet Roulette and Lightning Poker. It also has a variety of bars and restaurants on site, as well as live entertainment.
Adams & Shanghai Cowboy (Erottajankatu 15-17, Hensinki) – located in the heart of the city, this is both a nightclub and a restaurant, featuring a stream of up-and-coming Finnish and international dance music acts and DJs. Since this location used to be a movie house (from 1915 to 1987), it occasionally shows films screenings on Friday evenings.
Amigo (Tehtaankatu 12, Helsinki) – this restaurant, launched in 1971, is known for its mouth-watering steaks (served оn а cutting board) аnd its famed Spanish-style Paella Valenciana. During lunch tіme (weekdays frоm 11 am tо 3 pm), diners can аlsо enjoy the salad buffet table, oven-fresh bread, аnd а choice between the soup оf the day, home cuisine оr steak option.
Forum (Mannerheimintie 14-20, Helsinki) – this shopping mall is one of the largest in Helsinki, with 120 retailers, including Dressmann, Esprit, H&M, and a variety of regional & local brands. There are also some cafés and eateries like McDonald’s.
Ateneum Art Museum (Kaivokatu 2, Helsinki) – this museum (the national gallery of Finland) displays a broad collection of contemporary paintings and other artwork, with special emphasis on Finnish artists Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Hugo Simberg. The Simberg cabinet offers the chance to view the artist’s infrequently exhibited gouache and watercolor paintings. Precisely adjusted lighting conditions allow these light-sensitive works to be presented as part of the collection display for the first time. Its status as a national gallery requires the Ateneum Art Museum to lend its works to other museums in Finland and abroad, and this is one of the reasons why the selection of works on display in Ateneum varies to some extent. Admission: €12 (general), €10 (discount – seniors, unemployed), free for children under 18. Hours: 10 am – 6 pm (Tues. & Fri.), 10 am – 8 pm (Wed., Thurs.), 11 am – 5 pm (Sat. & Sunday)
Finland (the easternmost part of Scandinavia) is a young country compared to its neighbors, such as Sweden and Russia. Along with previous Viking penetration of Finland during its existence, this country was a part of the Kingdom of Sweden from the 13th century to 1809 (when most of what’s now Finland was ceded to the Russian Empire – making it the Grand Duchy of Finland).
While World War I was raging throughout Europe, Finland took that opportunity to gain its independence from Russia. It fought against Russia (to maintain its independence) during World War II, with Finland ceding the region of Karelia and other smaller areas to Russia just after that war. Enjoying a post-war economic boom in the 1970s, Finland’s GDP and standard of living eventually became among the highest in the world. Joining a similar trend carried out by other Scandinavia countries, Finland became a welfare state – with heavy taxation upon locals in return for the provision of various services
In 1995, Finland joined the European Union, and changed its official currency from the Markka to the Euro in 2002 (making it the only Nordic country to adopt the Euro).
Given its geographic proximity to Russia, Finland attracts a sizeable number of tourists from Russia (making them the majority of the 6.1 million tourists that visited the country in 2010). By that time, tourism represented 2.4% of the country’s GDP (generating 60,000 jobs). Aside from the Russians, tourists (in 2012) also came from neighboring Sweden (over 500,000), Germany (over 500,000), UK (405,000), Estonia (235,000), France (217,000), USA (198,000), Norway (182,000), Japan (176,000), Netherlands (164,000), Switzerland (132,000), and Italy (130,000). A potential market is the Chinese (100,000 of whom visited Finland in 2012).
With the majority of tourists being naturally drawn to the vibrant city of Helsinki, there is potential growth for tourism in other parts of the country, especially the sparsely-populated (and colder) northern regions such as Lapland. Winter tourism options, such as Santa Claus Village (at the town of Rovaniemi), reindeer sleigh riding tours, and sightings of the Northern Lights (from September to April annually), are among the activities that visitors can partake in.