Finnish cities

Finland is famous for its nature, all those lakes and trees and all. It is a rather clever diversion tactic we employ as a nation to draw attention away from the fact that our architecture is a bit on the shorter side.

We have many wonderful architects, buildings and even entire parts of cities. Ullanlinna in Helsinki for example is very charming.

Helsinki has its nicer parts if you know where to look

Helsinki has its nicer parts if you know where to look

Majority of our cities are, however, something a bit less spectacular.

There are no high-rises. The tallest building to live in has 26 floors. The tall buildings are scattered around Helsinki and stick out very visibly. Whenever I go to a city with high-rises, I can’t help the words “We’re not in Kansas anymore” creeping up on me.

A lot of our old, historical buildings didn’t survive the war or the 70s. Or fires.

What’s left are compact, functional buildings without too many windows.

My hometown is a classic example. Googling Lohja gave me lots of beautiful shots of our wonderful lake but nobody had bothered to capture the heart and soul of our darling commune, the centre. Thankfully I used to be a journalist and am all about keeping things real so here’s a glimpse of Lohja.

On the top you can see our lovely main square, covered in snow and below some dwellings of my fellow Lohjaians.

On the top you can see our lovely main square, covered in snow and below some dwellings of my fellow Lohjaians.

So whenever you see a Finn taking pictures of buildings, understand where we’re coming from. We promise to be cool when you take photos of every snow-covered tree or icy lake.

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