Living in Finland

Cities

Vapaa-aika Helsingissä

Leisure in Helsinki

Events

linkkiMy Helsinki:
Events and sights in HelsinkiFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Chinese | German

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Event calendar and directoriesFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiHelsinki.fi:
Helsinki event calendarFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiStadissa.fi:
Helsinki event calendarFinnish

Libraries

Helsinki has many libraries in different parts of the city. There are also several mobile libraries that drive around the city. Helsinki City Library is part of the HelMet library. The libraries of Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen are also part of the HelMet library. The HelMet libraries have a joint online service. Through the online service, you can search for and reserve material. You can also renew your loans online.

Almost all the library services are free of charge. To be able to use the services, you need a library card. You can apply for a library card at any of the HelMet libraries. Please take along your ID card. Library cards are only granted to people who have an address in Finland. If you do not have a Finnish personal ID code, your library card will be valid for 6 months at a time.

Most of the books in Helsinki libraries are in Finnish or Swedish, but you can also borrow books in many other languages. Many libraries have books in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Estonian and Russian.

Multilingual Library

The Multilingual Library (Monikielinen kirjasto) is located at the main library in Pasila. It has books in over 60 different languages. You can also order books to be sent to other libraries.

If you have a library card, you can read e-books or e-magazines and watch films on your own computer, tablet or smartphone.

There are also other libraries in Helsinki, for example, in universities.

Read more: Libraries.

linkkiHelMet.fi:
Libraries and opening hoursFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiHelsinki City Library:
Multilingual LibraryFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiHelMet.fi:
Online library serviceFinnish | Swedish | English

Sports and exercise

You can do many different kinds of sport all around Helsinki. Helsinki has many public swimming pools, gyms, sports fields and running paths.

The City of Helsinki organises sports and exercise courses for city residents. In the summer, free fitness classes are organised in parks around the city.

Read more: Sports and exercise.

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Video about sports optionsFinnish | English | Somali | Arabic

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Outdoor exerciseFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Indoor exerciseFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Sports clubsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Supervised sportsFinnish | Swedish | English

Recreation in nature

Nature is always near in Helsinki. You can walk, cycle or take a metro train, bus, conventional train, tram or ferry to a park, seashore, forest or nature reserve.

The city website contains information forests in and near Helsinki.

There are also islands intended for outdoor recreation in Helsinki, which are accessible by shuttle boat. Suomenlinna and the Harakka Island are also historical sights. More information on the islands and boat traffic is available on the City of Helsinki website. The site also includes information about boating in Helsinki.

You can freely angle and ice-fish without a separate permit. These activities are free of charge. A chargeable permit is required for other types of fishing. The City of Helsinki website features more information about where to purchase fishing permits.

Lines and other fishing waste must not be discarded in the environment. They can seriously harm birds and other animals.

Read more: Recreation in nature

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Outdoor recreational areasFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Outdoor recreation in the archipelagoFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
BoatingFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Sales locations for fishing permitsFinnish | Swedish | English

Theatre and cinema

There are many theatres in Helsinki. Most of the performances are in Finnish. There are also Swedish-speaking theatres in Helsinki.

You can search for specific performance from the event calendar provided on the Helsinki.fi and stadissa.fi sites.

Helsinki has a film archive and several cinemas. Information about the films being screened is available on the websites of the respective cinemas. The event calendars provide information about film festivals in Helsinki.

Read more: Theatre and cinema.

linkkiNational Audiovisual Institute:
Film trivia and screeningsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCinema Mondo:
CinemaFinnish

linkkiFinnkino:
CinemaFinnish | English

Museums

There are many museums in Helsinki. You can ask Helsinki Tourist Information for information about museums.

Helsinki Tourist Information
Address: Pohjoisesplanadi 19
Tel.: 09 3101 3300

To read more, go to: Museums.

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Museums and exhibitionsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiAteneum:
AteneumFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiKiasma:
Museum of Contemporary Art KiasmaFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

linkkiDesign Museum:
Design MuseumFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiSuomenlinna:
SuomenlinnaFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiNational Board of Antiquities:
Seurasaari Open-Air MuseumFinnish | Swedish | English | French | German

linkkiNational Board of Antiquities:
National Museum of FinlandFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Museum of Natural History:
Finnish Museum of Natural HistoryFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

linkkiMy Helsinki:
Museums in HelsinkiFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Chinese | German

Hobbies for children and young people

Annantalo Arts Centre is an arts centre for children, young people and families in Helsinki city centre. The address is Annankatu 30. Annantalo is a place for art education, exhibitions and dance and theatre performances. There are also other culture centres in Helsinki that offer cultural events for children and young people.

Children’s Culture Centre Musikantit is an activity centre that organises family events, children’s concerts, exhibitions and theatre. At the centre, children can study music, theatre, visual art and dance in different languages.

There are also many sports hobbies available for children. The City of Helsinki organises fitness classes, swimming lessons and lots of other sports for children. Many private companies also offer sports hobbies for children.

The Youth Department (Nuorisoasiainkeskus) offers many recreational opportunities for 9–18-year-old children and young people. The Munstadi.fi website lists many activities and hobbies for young people. The service also includes Ruuti, which collects young people’s own ideas and initiatives. There are also many youth centres in Helsinki where young people can spend their free time.

Read more: Hobbies for children and young people.

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Activities and events for young peopleFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Information about the membership cardFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | French | Somali

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Sports clubsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Cultural Office locationsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiMusikantit.fi :
Children's Culture Centre MusikantitFinnish | English | Russian

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Youth facilitiesFinnish

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Hobby searchFinnish

linkkiTyttöjen talo Helsinki:
Support and activities for girlsFinnish

linkkiPoikien Talo:
Poikien TaloFinnish

Associations

There are many different associations in Helsinki, such as cultural associations or sports associations. There are also many immigrants’ associations in Helsinki.

Read more: Associations

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Non-profit organisationsFinnish | Swedish | English

Video about sports options