|By Hans Hillewaert (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons|
Founded in 1550, the "Daughter of the Baltic", Helsinki has been the Finnish capital since 1812, when it was rebuilt by the tsars of Russia along the lines of a miniature St. Petersburg, a role it has played in many a Cold War movie. Today, Helsinki pulls off the trick of being something of an international metropolis while still retaining a small-town feel.
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