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April 11, 2021

Helsinki in the Early 1980s Through Fascinating Photos

Helsinki is the capital, primate and most populous city of Finland. Located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, it is the seat of the region of Uusimaa in southern Finland.

Helsinki is located 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Tallinn, Estonia, 400 km (250 mi) east of Stockholm, Sweden, and 300 km (190 mi) west of Saint Petersburg, Russia. It has close historical ties with these three cities.

Often considered to be Finland’s only metropolis, it is the world’s northernmost metro area. After Stockholm and Oslo, Helsinki is the third largest municipality in the Nordic countries. Finnish and Swedish are both official languages.

Helsinki has one of the world's highest urban standards of living. It is one of the world’s most liveable cities.

These fascinating photos were taken by Leroy W. Demery, Jr. that show street scenes of Helsinki in 1981.

Aleksanterinkatu, the principal shopping street of central Helsinki, 1981

HM V class tramcar, working Line 2, turns from Snellmaninkatu into Aleksanterinkatu, at Senate Square, Helsinki, 1981

Kanavakatu and Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki, 1981

Kauppatori marketplace, Helsinki, 1981

Mannerheimintie, at Arkadiankatu, Helsinki, 1981

Mannerheimintie, near Postikatu, Helsinki, 1981

Merikasarminkatu, Helsinki, 1981

Pasilan asema tram stop, Helsinki, 1981

The building near left (background) is the Sokos Helsinki department store, part of a chain that has stores throughout Finland, 1981

Tramcar 41, working erstwhile Line 3T, in Eteläranta ("South Shore") at Pohjoinen Makasiinikatu, Helsinki, 1981

View of the tramway (today's Line 6) in Hietalahdenranta, Helsinki, 1981

Viking Line cruise ferry "Viking Saga," Helsinki, 1981


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