May 9, 2014 12:00 AM

5 free things to see and do in Helsinki

Helsinki is known as an international capital of design, and Finland is one of the eurozone’s wealthiest nations. But despite that upscale reputation, the city offers a wealth of experiences that are light on the wallet. In summer, glorious sun-filled days draw picnickers to every available last patch of grass. The city also has a timeless maritime character, with its location on the Baltic Sea offering views of the bay filled with boats and dozens of tiny islands. There’s a cosmopolitan side to Helsinki too, with striking architecture and street art as far as the eye can see.

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