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Helsinki — city of the XXI century

Хельсинки — город XXI века

So, friends — yesterday I told you about how Finland fought off the scoop, and today will show you how looks today the Finnish capital Helsinki. If in 1939, the Finns believed the Soviet lies, did not resist and allowed in to power in the Kremlin invented the “Finnish people’s Republic” — that today would be an ordinary Russian province with the same broken roads, crumbling old buildings, a film about Eugene Alcalina, tying ribbons to every possible surface and a salary of $200-$300 — but this has not happened, and the Finns managed to defend their independence.

Today Finland consistently ranks in the top 10 best countries to live on our planet — there is a high level of social protection of the population, excellent conditions for career and business, excellent road chic quality of the urban environment, an incredibly cool and great sleeping areas, the world’s best education system and the average salary at $3000-$4000, which is more than 10 times higher than in Russia. I’m not talking about the fact that according to recent studies the Next Era — the Finns are the happiest people on Earth. Perhaps that is supposed to look like life in the twenty-first century — all the wars, strife, and cries “can you repeat that” for the Finns were in the distant past.

About Finland and the Finns, who have stood against the scoop and built a wonderful state I will have a lot of posts — and in today’s post I will show you what it looks like Helsinki is a real city of the XXI century. Make sure you check out the article below, write in the comments your opinion, well to friends to add do not forget)

02. It happens that in the city you fall in love at first sight, that’s exactly what happened with me and Helsinki is where I first 8 or 9 ago. It was one of my first trips to Europe — and the city immediately struck me was some incredibly high-quality device of the urban environment. This time I arrived in Helsinki by plane and was able to evaluate the reasonableness and even on the top view — the city’s neighborhoods are located among beautiful bays and forests everywhere, a lot of greens and few cars — Finns buy a car only if it is really needed.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

03. I lived in the city centre on the Peninsula Siltasaari — in a historic pre-war quarter, in one of the beautiful old homes. At the entrance the incredible clean — you can sit on the floor in white pants, and they will remain clean. A modern quiet-running Elevator with glass doors, and most interestingly — the same glass doors (only the old) are in the apartment. Finland was so secure country in the years that the usual entrance door to the apartment was done with the glass, the thieves simply did not exist. Double entry doors to the apartment are right in the corner, and the left — door in a separate room.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

04. About the apartment I still will tell separately in the post about the Finnish way of thinking and living, and now we go to walk around the city. Sidewalks in Helsinki often don’t pave the tile and rolled asphalt and asphalt some incredibly steep quality and more like cast concrete. See how looks the sidewalk — nothing crumbles and falls apart, Soviet alcoholics in orange robes nothing every year, not shift — all done once and for years to come.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

05. “There’s just a different climate!” suddenly scream the fans of the USSR, immediately running away over the horizon, but the truth is not hide — the climate in Finland is the same as in Russia (sometimes even more severe), but paved roads and sidewalks look just perfect. Do not steal and lie, and then the climate in the country is immediately returning to normal.

The city can often see people with disabilities in a wheelchair or relying here on a gurney. You might think that in Finland more than in Russia, but it is not — the fact is that in Russia they simply are not able to get out of the house.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

06. Even the sidewalks. On the left wall of the house you can see rolling electric skateboard — register through the app, pay a few euros and ride. Then the scooter can be parked in any place in the city centre. By the way, recently a similar rental Segways earned in Minsk.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

07. I specifically went to the centre of Helsinki and was trying to find at least one significant pothole in the pavement or at least some kind of pit filled with bulls, banks from under the “Hunting Strong”, tails dried skimmers and scraps of the magazine “Science and Life” for 1986-88 years, but no, all roads and sidewalks in the city look like this:

Хельсинки — город XXI века

08. In the historic districts of center on the sidewalks often put tile — it’s always very high quality, dense concrete (which touch more reminiscent of the cold plastic), very well Packed and often different — picture select architects and designers.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

09. Triangular tiles, laid out in the shape of stars, the area near the station:

Хельсинки — город XXI века

10. Pavers on the Avenue of Mannerheim:

Хельсинки — город XXI века

11. Adjacent to Mannerheimintie street. Here, too, paving stone, but different.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

12. It is important that all surface streets are designed in such a way that they can easily ride bikes, scooters, skateboards, and vehicles of people with disabilities.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

13. Still that is a very interesting frame on the roadway, you can see large stone blocks, and on the sidewalk — similar to her tile. The tile adobee to walk and move on a wheeled transport.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

14. Helsinki’s excellent public transport links, it is easy to use — you can not buy any paper tickets. Just download the app and buy the e-ticket and supervisors will be enough to show the phone screen. That’s how it looks:

Хельсинки — город XXI века

15. The city’s fairly extensive network of trams, and the trams themselves are of two kinds — a little older and modern. Older trams are a few steps — and a new all entirely low-floor. Very often at the stops you can see people with strollers or on wheelchairs — they are easy to get in the car and from the car.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

16. Another young dad with a stroller — strollers usually come in the middle door of the tram, don’t have to lug to call in with a stroller the tram is no more difficult than to go on not too high a curb. Trams, by the way, always available — “rush hour” is not — it is designed so that the transport was always available.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

17. Stop look very cool — especially in the heart of the city. All very functional — nothing more and nothing is left to chance. The transport routes indicated on the plate above the roof of the stop, and slightly above eye level hangs a vertical monochrome monitor — which shows exactly which tram and how many minutes will come to a stop. Behind the bench you can see a large highlighted map of the city indicating where exactly you are now.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

18. If you go a little further — at the bus stop can see a very neat boxes with advertising, and at the end of the stop is another monoborony display of routes.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

19. The work of the Finnish supervisors — in Helsinki they have the right to check tickets before passengers out of the transport. The frame just got the old version of the Helsinki tram with steps. Such trams in the city there are few — mostly, they are already replaced by new low-floor.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

20. A newer model of the tram looks like this — often in Helsinki they are green, to open doors you press the button. Pay attention to the curb at the bus stop — it is made such that the floor of the tram was almost on a par with coating station (for ease of entry and exit), and from the road (where the bus stop coming passengers) no border no barrier-free environment implemented as.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

21. Inside the tram looks like this is a solid car with very comfortable seats (like the seats in modern train). In several places of the car are located the screens that show the next stop, and there are several color displays with a city map and navigation.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

22. In the middle of the salon chairs located here and there is even a small table — almost like in a train compartment.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

23. There are in Helsinki and metro — station are marked with signs with a red letter “M”. The photo was taken in one of the residential areas of the city — which is the quality of the urban environment is not inferior to the center. About the sleeping area will still be a separate post, don’t miss)

Хельсинки — город XXI века

24. The Helsinki underground is something like the metro in Stockholm — Finns, in principle, not peculiar to a desire to throw dust in the eyes cheap gold and arreglarnos “luxury”, so all Finnish and Scandinavian design is built on the principles of “simple, functional, beautiful.” The escalator looks like this — nothing extra. Simple and very high quality lifts of KONE polished stainless steel, black & blue metallic ceiling, walls similar to natural stone. Along the walls you can see very stylish billboards, reminiscent of decorative cards from IKEA:

Хельсинки — город XXI века

25. Transitions can often see people in wheelchairs in the Finnish metro fully implemented barrier-free environment. Stroller there are two types — conventional, hand operated and electric, on four wheels.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

26. At the entrance to the subway there are often supermarkets. Inside is always neat and clean, the entrance is Mat. Generally about Finnish supermarkets and the range I will have a separate post — read, cry.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

27. Specifically, in the supermarket near the subway station I was impressed with the machines — you just type the product and then put it close to the barcode scanner, then pay the total bill on the card. No one will check, the policeman is not close, the output no one sticks his nose in your bag. That’s not what “not a scoop” — it’s some other planet with a better life.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

28. Metro operates the same ticket from a smartphone, but if for example you have no phone you can buy a ticket in that machine. No turnstiles in the subway there — as well as not visible and the police. In my opinion, for a 5 day stay in Helsinki I have seen the police once or twice — and both times they were busy, there is something razrulivaya the traffic situation. Idly strolling through the city of the village of brutes in the form in Helsinki not.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

29. In metro stations all just as simple, beautiful and functional as vehicle stops. Quality and smooth floor covering, illuminated the stands with a very detailed and thorough maps and schemes of routes, additional lighting of railway tracks at the place of embarkation and disembarkation of passengers.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

30. Stations similar and look something like this — personally, I really like the Scandinavian style in that it creates the feeling that the station as if she appeared directly in the mountain of natural stone, a person only have to hang the bulb but to put floor tiles.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

31. Metro trains red. There is a special door for entry with the bikes:

Хельсинки — город XXI века

32. Inside the train there is no division into separate cars — there was one common space, which as you know contributes to a more even distribution of passengers. However, crowded subway cars I saw in Helsinki never trains run often enough.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

33. In Helsinki, there is a bike with those yellow bikes, but I use them rarely enough — the Finns have a lot of personal bikes and they prefer to ride on them. Note the left side of the frame is a Parking for electric skateboard with built-in recharging.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

34. The town developed Maritime transport, e.g. ferries, with which you can get on one of misleadig Islands. The ferry is like a large two-storey boat, which provides regular routes. It operates regular daily ticket for public transport — nothing new, no need to buy.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

35. In the centre of Helsinki there are many modern shopping centers where you can buy literally everything. Here is the floor with the perfume:

Хельсинки — город XXI века

36. There are many cool cafes — each of which has its own recognizable style:

Хельсинки — город XXI века

37. Steakhouse:

Хельсинки — город XXI века

38. The coffee shop:

Хельсинки — город XXI века

39. There are in Helsinki and temples where believers go to pray. Finns in General are atheists, but nobody forbids believers to go to churches of any religion is a personal choice.

Хельсинки — город XXI века

40. However, Helsinki is of course still far from Russia, which according to Patriarch gundyaeva accelerated pace “in building three churches a day.” In the photo — the pastor leads service:

Хельсинки — город XXI века

41. I also loved how the city combines historic buildings with new buildings:

Хельсинки — город XXI века

Helsinki is incredibly cozy, attention to detail, very high quality and just a beautiful city which managed to avoid the scoop. And created this miracle was by the hands of ordinary Finns who defended their Homeland in 1939, and then rolled up his sleeves and began to work a lot.

Write in the comments what you think about it.

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