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, Finland years_active 1989–present Band history Formed in the bars of Helsinki, Finland in the summer of 1989 by Jyrki 69, Archzie (formerly of Syyskuu), Timo-Timo, Lotto and Bazie; The 69 Eyes originally had a glam metal sound and were compared to other Finnish Sleaze Metal acts such as Smack and Hanoi Rocks. The band's lineup has stayed the same since 1992 when drummer Jussi 69 replaced original drummer Lotto who had played on the band's first two 7 inch vinyl

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Helsinki, Finland instrument Vocals death_date origin Helsinki, Finland instrument Vocals, Drums background group_or_band origin Helsinki, Finland genre Comedy rock '''New Zealand''' competed at the '''1952 Summer Olympics''' in Helsinki, Finland. * United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan dismisses senior official Joseph Stephanides for oil for food scandal http

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(band) '''Saima Rauha Maria Harmaja''' (May 8, 1913, Helsinki – April 21, 1937) was a Finnish (Finland) poet and writer. She is known for her tragic life and early death, which are reflected in her sensitive poems. History The ship was built at the Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland in 1976. Named after an early Bolshevik leader and Soviet diplomat Leonid Krasin and an Krasin (1916 icebreaker) earlier icebreaker

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, Finland, Niinimaa made his debut with the Flyers in the 1996–97 NHL season, posting 44 points and a +12 rating, and being named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. thumb Apartment blocks in Merihaka during the winter (Image:Merihaka, Helsinki in winter 4.jpg) '''Merihaka''' ( ) is a seashore residential area in central Helsinki, Finland consisting of large high-rise concrete housing block (apartment block)s. It is located by the Baltic Sea next

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, Kaisaniemi, Vilhonkatu.jpg thumb right '''Kaisaniemi''' ( ) is a part of the centre of Helsinki, Finland. It is located immediately north of the Helsinki Central railway station and south of Hakaniemi. The most famous part of Kaisaniemi is the Kaisaniemi park, a park covering many hectares right in the city centre. Kaisaniemi on part of the Vironniemi district (Subdivisions of Helsinki) and neighbourhood of Kluuvi. basis '' Mary

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the silver-coloured '''Culture Tram''' featuring live performances, art exhibitions and video installations on the route of tram 7B. '''NOTE''': The circular lines 3B and 3T were renamed 2 and 3 in 2013. The routes are still the same. Chances are that you will run into paper maps and secondary sources where the old numbers are used. By bus While the trams operate in the city center, '''buses''' cover the rest of the city. The main stations for northbound and eastbound buses are on the two squares adjacent to the Central Railway Station: Eliel Square (''Elielinaukio'') and Railway Square (''Rautatientori''). Westbound buses operate from the underground bus station in the Kamppi Center which is adjacent to the Kamppi metro station. Buses are always entered through the front door and exited through the middle and back doors. When getting on the bus with a ticket you have bought earlier, you need to show it to the driver. If you don't have a ticket, you can buy one from the driver in cash (but don't try to use a bill larger than €20, as the drivers may sometimes refuse your money if they have only a limited amount of change). If you are using a travel card, follow the instructions given above. By metro 256px thumb Helsinki metro map (File:Helsinki metro map 2007.png) A '''metro''' line runs from the center to the eastern neighbourhood. Apart from the Itäkeskus shopping centre, Rastila camping site and Aurinkolahti Beach, few places along the line are of interest to tourists. After Itäkeskus, the line splits in two, with one line going to Mellunmäki and the other to Vuosaari. Travelling between Ruoholahti and Mellunmäki or Vuosaari takes 21–22 minutes. The metro line is currently being extended westwards into the city of Espoo and the first extension of seven new stations is expected to be opened in 2015. Helsinki's Metro holds the minor distinction of being the northernmost subway system in the world with Mellunmäki being the northernmost station. By train VR's suburban trains operate north from the Central Railway Station, branching out in three directions. HSL city tickets are valid within city limits, regional tickets on suburban trains to Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. All carriages on local trains have the electronic readers which allow you to buy a fare with a travel card. If you want to buy a ticket in cash, you must go to a ticket sales carriage (''lipunmyyntivaunu'') and buy a ticket from the train conductor. The ticket sales carriages are indicated with signs by the doors and on the windows. There is also a large sign on the station platform showing where the ticket sales carriages should stop. Note that you will have to stop the conductor and ask for a ticket yourself, otherwise she or he will simply walk past you. By ferry The HSL '''ferry to Suomenlinna''' from the Market Square (''Kauppatori'') is a cheap and popular summer getaway. Another HSL operated ferry, mostly used only by the island's residents, leaves from the eastern end of Katajanokka. In addition, private operators provide ferries to Suomenlinna and various other islands during the summer; however, schedules can be sparse. HSL's Day Ticket and mobile-phone ticket are both valid also on the Suomenlinna ferry. By on-demand bus '''Kutsuplus''' service is a new kind of intelligent transport mode, where passengers headed in the same direction are transported with the same vehicle. Before setting out, passengers book the trip via a web service using a computer, a tablet or a phone. A minibus will then pick up the passengers at the nearest bus stop and take them to their respective destination stops. Currently service operates to over 1,000 stops inside the Ring I road. All buses have air-conditioning. Note that regular public transportation tickets are not accepted. The price of the journey depends on the length of the journey and is paid when booking. Compared to a taxi, Kutsuplus is roughly 50-70% cheaper for a one person trip. Groups of two people get a 20% discount, groups of three 30%, groups of four 40% and groups of five or more 50%. By taxi thumb 244px Taxi stand on the west side of the Central Railway station (File:Taxi stand.jpg) Taxis in Helsinki are expensive. Taxi fares are regulated by the government, and are reviewed annually. The starting fare is €5.50 from Monday to Saturday before 8PM, and €8.60 after 8PM and on Sunday. The meter ticks at €1.43 km. The rate increases if there are more than two passengers. There are also surcharges for large bags and leaving from Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport (€2). Generally baggage that is considered large enough to warrant an extra charge is baggage that won't fit in the trunk easily, for example, without folding down the back seat. This charge is also applied if you are travelling with a large pet - although service dogs travel free. During weekend nights and some popular events or holidays, it can be difficult to find a free taxi. Walk to the nearest taxi stand or try to book one by phone from Taxi Helsinki 0100 0700 or Lähitaksi 0100 7300. If it's a very busy night, try calling Taksione at +358-50-5455454 or Kajon at 01007070. To pre-order a taxi for a given time, call 0100 0600. A pre-order can be placed for a taxi maximum two weeks prior to the time the taxi is needed, and a minimum of a half an hour before. A pre-order fee of €6.60 will be added to the taxi fare. Drivers are not required to pick up a person hailing them on the street. If their light is on, and they pass a person hailing them, it is usually because there is a taxi stand very near by with available taxis waiting for customers. If you are not near a taxi stand, you will very likely be able to hail a passing taxi with the light on. If the queues at night seem frustratingly long in the city centre and you are willing to walk a bit, try heading towards Hakaniementori or Lauttasaari Bridge, where you can often hail a returning taxi (however, do not bother if the light is not on). Helsinki Limo will provide airport pick-ups, private car services as transfers and longer trips. Their vehicles are always new and black with leather interior. Worth of asking offers either from or simply calling +358 207 870360. Drivers speak English and can even, by order, give short sightseeings. Quality company. '''Yellow Line''' is a good and cost-effective option for getting from the airport to the city centre. Minivans carry up to seven or eight passengers and drop passengers off at their individual destinations. The shuttles can be found at their bright yellow desks in arrivals lounges 1 and 2. Prices start from €27 for one or two passengers and vary according to the number of people in the van. By bike Alas, Helsinki's free Citybike system was suspended in 2010, although there are plans to bring it back. If you bring your own bike or rent one, you'll find an extensive network of bike routes within the city. Bikers are required by law to drive on the street next to cars unless a bike lane or integrated pedestrian cyclists sidewalk runs next to it, and the police ticket cyclists breaking this rule. Bike lanes are clearly marked by street markings and blue traffic signs. Biking is also allowed on pedestrian streets. Downtown bike lanes are typically on the sidewalks (instead of next to car lanes on the street) so be aware of pedestrians. Don't be afraid to ring your bell! Review your bike map carefully, as some bike routes will stop and require you to walk your bike or drive next to cars. There is also a journey planner for cycling. Once you get out of the city centre, cycling is less complicated. Public libraries often have free biking maps for the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. If they are not visibly displayed on tables, ask for one from the staff. If an ordinary bike isn't enough for you, you can also rent a cyclerickshaw (''riksa'') large enough for three from '''Riksavuokraus''' (tel. +358-50-5582525) in Eiranranta near Kaivopuisto. Prices start at €9 30 min, driver not included but available on request. Baana thumb Baana (File:Baana, a bicycle lane in the center of Helsinki 20120626.jpg) Baana - Helsinki's new "Low Line" (as opposed to NYC's High Line) opened on June 12, 2012, providing pedestrians and cyclists with a 1.3 km long connector between the Western Harbour area to Kamppi and Töölö Bay. At the Harbour end, you can see all the international cruise ships that stop in Helsinki and visit a free sightseeing terrace with MiG-21BIS fighter jet on display - located at the electronics store. On the Kamppi end, there's bicycle hire centre and cultural activities and sights. By car Car rental is not a particularly good way of getting around Helsinki, since parking is limited and expensive. Most street-side parking in the city centre is in "Zone 1" and costs €3 hour during working hours, although Saturdays (mostly) and Sundays (always) are free. There are also several large underground car parks at the Kamppi and Forum shopping centres. Nevertheless, central Helsinki is relatively difficult to get around by car due to restrictions, and is congested in the morning 06.30-08.30 towards the city and in the afternoon 15:00-17:00 towards the suburbs - the ring roads are congested both directions at both times. For instance, if driving from Porvoo to central Helsinki at around 4PM, one can expect to spend half an hour driving 47 km to the end of the expressway and another half an hour to drive 7 km to the Kamppi centre. See : ''See #Districts for listings.'' Surrounded by sea and a vast '''archipelago''', Helsinki is at its best in the summer when the dialogue between the city and nature is at its fullest. Classical Helsinki's sights can be divided into an eclectic set of '''churches''' and a wide variety of '''museums'''. For a coastal amble past some of Helsinki's minor and major sights, see the itinerary A seaside stroll in Helsinki. Museums and galleries Many of Helsinki's museums are as interesting from the outside as from the inside. Architecture buffs will get a kick out of Helsinki's Neo-Classical center, centered around '''Senate Square''' (''Senaatintori''), where a statue of the liberal Russian czar Alexander II stands guard. Aleksanterinkatu and the Railway Station square also have some beautiful neo-classical buildings — look out for the Romantic Kalevala-esque themes — but unfortunately these areas also have many concrete monstrosities mixed in. Suomenlinna thumb 300px Suomenlinna fortress, seen from a passing ferry (File:Suomenlinna.jpg) If you see only one place in Helsinki in the summer, make it '''Suomenlinna'''. The "Gibraltar of the North" was once the greatest sea fortress in the Baltic, built by the Swedish in the mid-1700s at great expense to protect their eastern flank. But when the Russians invaded in February 1808, the bulk of the unprepared and bankrupt Swedish army hastily withdrew, allowing the Russians to conquer Helsinki without a fight and besiege the fortress. With no reinforcements in sight, commander Carl Olof Cronstedt surrendered unconditionally two months later, and Finland was ceded to the Russians. Cronstedt's actions probably saved countless civilian lives, but King Gustav IV needed a scapegoat and sentenced him to death for treason; fortunately, the losing king was himself soon overthrown, and Cronstedt lived out his years gardening. Today's Suomenlinna is still living in its own time with only old buildings, few cars, fewer than a thousand inhabitants and lots of old fortifications, catacombs and cast iron cannons. But it's not just a museum: the sprawling complex houses restaurants, cafes, theaters and museums, and is a very popular place for a picnic on a fine summer day, watching the vast passenger ferries drift by on their way to Estonia and St Petersburg. It was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1991 as a unique monument to European military architecture. Entry to the island itself is free, but you need to pay for the ferry ride. The HSL ferry from Market Square is the cheapest and most convenient way of getting there at €5 for a 12-hour tourist return. The ferry is a part of the Helsinki local traffic, so if you have an HSL Day Ticket it includes ferry travel. The ferry runs approximately every half hour. On summer weekends the island is a popular picnic destination and you may have to wait for a long time as hundreds of people crowd the ferry terminal. In this case it may be worth it to use the more expensive private ferry company at the other end of the Market Square. Guided tours of the island in English are available daily at 11AM and 2PM in Jun-Aug and on Sat Sun only at 1:30PM the rest of the year, €7 person, and history buffs will want to drop into the '''Suomenlinna Museum''' at the Visitor Centre (€6,50). Other islands thumb 300px Old stable in Seurasaari (File:Seurasaari Stable.JPG) A beautiful archipelago (''saaristo'') surrounds the Helsinki city center. The major islands are '''Korkeasaari''' with the eponymous zoo, '''Seurasaari''' with its open air museum and '''Pihjalasaari''' with its beach. In addition to these, there are scheduled services to many smaller islands, and you can also tour them by sightseeing cruise. Most of the cruises depart from the Western corner of the Market Square and last from one to several hours. Note most ferries and cruises operate only in the summer high season. Do : ''See #Districts for listings.'' Cinema The situation with movie theaters in Helsinki has deteriorated in recent years when one by one small theaters have closed their doors. Foreign films are mostly shown in the original language with Finnish (and usually Swedish) subtitles. In downtown Helsinki, there are two large '''multiplexes''': Tennispalatsi located in Salomonkatu 15, Kamppi and Kinopalatsi in Kaisaniemenkatu 2, Kaisaniemi, both maintained by Finnkino, the largest movie theater chain in Finland. In addition, Finnkino operates a historical cinema with two screens, Maxim in Kluuvikatu 1, Kluuvi. Prices vary between €6.50 and €17.50 depending on location, time and 2D 3D. See Finnkino's pricing policy on their website. Theaters concentrating on '''classic and art house films''' are few and far between in Helsinki today. The movie theater Orion, Eerikinkatu 15, run by the Finnish National Audiovisual Archive, displays a wide variety of films, including classics. Tickets €6.00 for non-members and €4.50 with a membership card. Kino Engel, Sofiankatu 4 near Senaatintori, concentrates on European and world cinema. Tickets €9. In Summers, also Kesäkino (''Summer Cinema'') is held in the inner court of Café Engel, Aleksanterinkatu 26. Tickets (€12) can be bought from the Kino Engel counter and for the same night also from the Kesäkino door 45 minutes before the screening. There are also some (small) independent movie theaters in neighboring Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen showing mainly the bigger blockbusters: Bio Grand in Tikkurila, Vantaa, Bio Jaseka in Myyrmäki, Vantaa, Bio Grani in Kauniainen and Kino Tapiola in Tapiola, Espoo. Many of them have a matinée series of cheaper, more art house screenings supported by the local culture board. In addition, Finnkino operates three screens in Omena cinema in the Iso Omena shopping center in Matinkylä, Espoo as well as six screens in Flamingo multiplex in the entertainment center Flamingo in Vantaa. In Leppävaara, Espoo there are also six screens in the Bio Rex multiplex at Sello shopping center. Luckily, several '''film festivals''' enrich the cinema culture in Helsinki region. The biggest is the Helsinki International Film Festival - Love and Anarchy held annually in September. Espoo has its own international film festival Espoo Ciné held every August in Tapiola and Leppävaara. In January, Helsinki Documentary Film Festival Docpoint takes over. Some of the smaller film festivals include (to name few) Lens Politica showing political films and art, Helsinki Short Film Festival for short films, Artichoke Film Festival concentrating on films of and by women, and Night Visions focusing on horror, fantasy, science fiction, action and cult cinema. Cinemania website collects at least some of the festivals together and also sells passes of 5 or 10 screenings that may be used in several festivals. However, check the site for the most up-to-date information as the ticket policy varies from festival to festival. Concerts Helsinki has an active cultural life and tickets are generally inexpensive. * Commons:Category:Helsinki Wikipedia:Helsinki Dmoz:Regional Europe Finland Southern Finland Localities Helsinki

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Hertfordshire bands including ''The Good Blokes'' and ''Social Class 5''. * Critchley is a devotee of football (Association football), and has since a young child been a keen supporter of Liverpool FC. He has taken this life-long love into his philosophical work, giving a lecture in Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, in May 2009 on French football star Zinedine Zidane, ”A puppet or a god? On Zidane”, based on Douglas Gordon and Phillipe Parreno's film Zidane, A 21st


'''Helsinki''' ( west of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Helsinki has close historical connections (History of Helsinki) with these three cities.

The Helsinki metropolitan area includes urban core (urban area) of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and surrounding commuter towns (Greater Helsinki#Statistics). It is the world's northernmost metro area (List of northernmost items#Cities and settlements) of over one million people, and the city is the northernmost capital of an EU member state (Member state of the European Union). The Helsinki metropolitan area is the fourth largest Nordic metropolitan area after the metropolitan areas of Copenhagen (Copenhagen metropolitan area), Stockholm (Stockholm metropolitan area) and Oslo (Greater Oslo Region) and Helsinki city is the third biggest Nordic city after Stockholm and Oslo.

Helsinki is Finland's major political, educational, financial, cultural and research centre as well as one of northern Europe's major cities. Approximately 70% of foreign companies operating in Finland have settled in the Helsinki region. The nearby municipality of Vantaa is the location of Helsinki Airport, with frequent service to various destinations in Europe and Asia.

In 2009, Helsinki was chosen to be the World Design Capital for 2012 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, narrowly beating Eindhoven for the title.

In the Economist Intelligence Unit's August 2012 Liveability survey, assessing the best and worst cities to live in, Helsinki placed eighth best overall.

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