Abbreviation for Helsinki, Finland


The capital of Finland is a green and pleasant city located on a peninsula to the south of the country. Especially in the summer, Helsinki is idyllic and charming. In winter, Helsinki, like the rest of the Nordic countries, is dark, cold and with fewer tourists.

Helsinki is a lively city, without being hectic, and has plenty of attractions to offer, not least for the little ones. And it is a clean and little polluted city, without the traffic chaos and noise that most major capitals struggle with.

Helsinki is a good starting point for exploring the rest of Finland, and it is not far to the lakes and Nuuksio National Park. A short ferry trip to Tallinn, which is the capital of Estonia. St. Petersburg in Russia is also within easy reach.

Many people in Norway tend to pronounce the name incorrectly, with pressure on other syllables. But pressure should be put on HELsinki. Helsinki is also often called Helsinki, not least if you are from Sweden.

Get to know Helsinki

Helsinki is a fairly new city on a European scale, although the city has been the capital of Finland for more than 200 years. The city was founded by the Swedish king Gustav Vasa in 1550 as a trading post to compete with Tallinn on the other side of the Gulf of Finland.

Formerly Turku, or Turku which is the Swedish name, was Finland’s foremost city where the governing powers and the university were located. But after Russia beat Sweden in the Finnish war in 1808-09 and annexed Finland, the capital was moved to Helsinki. This happened in 1812. You can still see the legacy from the era of Russian rule in the center of Helsinki, where Upenski Cathedral with its loop domes is a landmark in the cityscape.

Finland became independent in 1918, but was in new military meetings with the Soviet Union during the Winter War that lasted 1939-40. The Soviet forces had expected to take control of Finland within a few weeks of the November invasion, but were kept in check by fierce opposition from the numerous Finnish forces.

Today, Helsinki is Finland’s supremely largest city with just over 560000 inhabitants. Although the vast majority are Finnish-speaking, many also speak Swedish, and almost all speak English. Most street names in Helsinki have both a Finnish and a Swedish name.

Helsinki and Acronyms

City Profile

  • Abbreviation: HEL
  • Country: Finland

Forget old prejudices about Finland and Helsinki

Before traveling to Finland, consider all the old TV theater prejudices about stereotypical silent finds by the name of Pekka as super vodka in the sauna and fight with a knife. Today Finland and Helsinki are at least as modern and technological as Norway. In the capital a number of architectural gems have emerged in the last half century, primarily the Contemporary Art Museum and the Concert Hall.

The center of Helsinki is not very big and it is not a problem to catch most of the attractions on foot. Public transport is well developed and precise, and Helsinki is the only Finnish city to have subways and tram lines in addition to the buses.

The historic center is located on a peninsula on the Gulf of Finland. Helsinki’s heart is Senate Square, and from here the parallel shopping streets Alexandersgatan and Esplanadis lead over to what can be called the city’s main street, Mannerheimgatan. Here are the largest department stores, the bus station and the railway station.

Facts about Helsinki

Helsinki is a port city, Finland’s largest city and the country’s capital. Helsinki became the capital of Finland in 1812. In Swedish, Helsinki is called Helsinki. The location is in the south of Finland, in what is called “the Gulf of Finland”.

Population Approximately 570,000 inhabitants
Official languages Finnish and Swedish.
Control Form Republic.
Religion Protestant Christianity
Time Difference Finland is one hour ahead of Norway.
Currency Euro. Most credit cards (Visa, Mastercard Diners, AmEx) are accepted in most places. ATMs are available almost everywhere.
Tips Service is included in hotels and restaurants. Tips are not necessary.
Embassy The Norwegian embassy is located at Rehbindervägen 17, phone +358 (0) 9 686 0180.
Tourist Pohjoisesplanadi 19.
Telephone +358
Emergency 112
Electricity 220 volts, the same two-pin contact system as in Norway.
Holidays and Holidays January 6, April 30, May 1, Juhannus (third weekend in June), November 1, December 6 (Independence Day)
Visa Not required for Norwegian citizens.
Vaccinations No vaccines are required.
Water Can be easily drunk from the tap.
Nearest major cities Espoo, Turku, Tampere, Lahti.
Safety Slightly violent crime, but beware of pickpockets and scammers.

HEL: Helsinki, Finland - Helsinki

List of Helsinki Acronyms

The most commonly used abbreviations about Helsinki is HEL which stands for Helsinki. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Helsinki, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.

Abbreviation Meanings
AHC Albanian Helsinki Committee
AIH Architecture in Helsinki
BHC Belarusian Helsinki Committee
BHC Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
CHC Czech Helsinki Committee
DOH Declaration of Helsinki
FVH Forum Virium Helsinki
GHP Greater Helsinki Promotion
GHM Greek Helsinki Monitor
HBB Helsinki Bed and Breakfast
HBF Helsinki Beer Festival
HBSP Helsinki Business and Science Park
HBC Helsinki Business College
HCA Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly
HCAS Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
HELCOM Helsinki Commission
HCHR Helsinki Committee for Human Rights
HEICA Helsinki Early Intervention Childhood Asthma
HITA Helsinki Information Technology Association
HIIT Helsinki Institute for Information Technology
HIST Helsinki Institute of Science and Technology Studies
HMAC Helsinki Metropolitan Area Council
HSE Helsinki School of Economics
HEXS Helsinki Stock Exchange
HEX Helsinki Stock Exchange
HUKS Helsinki University Knowledge Services
HUL Helsinki University Library
HUT Helsinki University of Technology
HYD Helsinki Yurttaslar Dernegi
HEL Helsinki, Finland – Helsinki
IHF International Helsinki Federation
MHG Moscow Helsinki Group
NHQ New Helsinki Quartet
NHC Norwegian Helsinki Committee
SESH School of European Swordsmanship Helsinki
SHC Swedish Helsinki Committee
UIAH University of Art and Design Helsinki
UOH University of Helsinki
UHE University of Helsinki
UHMA University of Helsinki Multicomponent Aerosol
ZMH Zoological Museum of Helsinki