Another postcard showing the Finnish capital, Helsinki, comes from Tuula. Since I have already posted a postcard on my blog about this great city, I will not bore you with repetition. So, do take a look at that postcard if you should be interested. But in this post I will add that Helsinki in my language, Afrikaans, sounds something along the lines of “little boy from hell.” Except that we would spell that Helseuntjie but pronounce it as Helsinki. Fun fact, hey? And no, that is not a hair.
Tuula from one of the countries that I respect most of all sent me this postcard. It is very obviously from the Finnish capital of Helsinki. As is usually the case with most capital cities, Helsinki is the largest city in Finland with a population of 610 000 people in the city and almost 1.4 million people in the metropolitan area. The city is considered to be the most livable city on the planet. I would agree but for the temperatures in winter. Life expectancy in the city are, however, almost 7 years lower for people from Helsinki than that of the rest of Finland. Very odd. Let that be a lesson to all of us urban dwellers. Thank you Tuula, this is my first city-view from Finland.
This postcard of the University of Helsinki came from Eva who lives in Finland. The university has been in Helsinki since 1829 but was originally founded in Turku, as the Royal Academy of Turku, under Swedish rule in 1640. That’s before my country was even discovered. It is the largest university in Finland, with over 36 000 students enrolled and studying in 11 different faculties. The university ranks among the top 100 universities in the world (as opposed to mine, which is usually top 500.) Usually. The university only admits 15% of all its applicants, which means that it’s not far behind the likes of Yale and Harvard on admissions, if at all. Looks like a pretty brilliant place to study for me. Of course my dream university has always been that oh so lovely place in The Netherlands called Leiden. Thank you Eva!
Seija from Helsinki, Finland says that she chose this card for me because she is sure that I have not seen much snow in my lifetime. She would be quite right! Snow does not come often in this part of Africa. I really do appreciate it when a complete stranger on Postcrossing puts that sort consideration into a postcard and that is what makes this one so special. I do hope that I will get the opportunity to visit frosty ol’ Finland someday!