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Martta Louekari

Co-Founder of PreHelsinki

Martta Louekari works with projects for both the public and private sector in curating, communicating and marketing fashion, and design and architecture events and projects. She is Director of Marketing and Communication and Co-Founder of PreHelsinki platform, which organizes yearly fashion events in Helsinki and participates in international fashion weeks.

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Delay Trees

Band

Delay Trees are based in Helsinki and Hämeenlinna, southern Finland. The band consists of Rami Vierula (vocals, guitar), Lauri Järvinen (backing vocals, guitar, synth), Onni Oikari (backing vocals, drums) and Sami Korhonen (bass, synth).

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Janne Lehtinen

Finnish Beer Expert

I have worked with beer for the past two decades, and have spent the last 14 years importing beer specialties into Finland. I now run a business called Brew Seeker, focused on importing and distributing craft beer from all over the world. For this, I also tour around the country, giving occasional lectures on beer as well as tutored tastings. There’s no better job for a beer lover and beer geek like myself!

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Camilla Mikama

Fashion Designer

Camilla Mikama is the young designer’s namesake collection full of modern and versatile pieces that are both edgy and elegant. She likes to combine a simplified silhouette with polymorphic structures and 3-dimensional surfaces on which light and shadows can create ever-altering patterns.

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Sasu Laukkonen

Chef

I’m a chef and restaurant owner from Helsinki. I studied in Finland and started my food career with packing airplane charter meals. After that I worked in Canada and France, as well as in Helsinki’s top restaurants. My cuisine is ambitious, pure in taste, all handmade and original. Come and visit me at the Chef & Sommelier restaurant in Helsinki!

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Kalle Freese

Finnish Barista Champion

I’m a 21-year-old barista, entrepreneur and marketing student based in Helsinki, Finland. I fell in love with the intersection of flavours, design and social aspects cafes provide. For me that’s still the best part of being a barista – being able to brew tasty coffees while chatting with customers. Making somebody’s day a bit better when serving them a great coffee with a smile.

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Arctic Power Berries

Health Experts

Originally from Northern Finland and via California, Australia and London, we ended up living in Helsinki, which is growing in many ways and getting a bit of influence from abroad. The food, music, and shopping scenes are constantly improving, and Helsinki has a lot to offer. I used to think the city was boring compared to vibrant cities such as London, but the past few years Helsinki really has lifted up the game, plus what’s great: you get the clean, unpolluted nature right next to the city.

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Saana Helsten

Designer

Saana runs Hellsten, an award-winning, Scandinavian boutique design agency. She also loves to travel and besides New York and Helsinki, she has also lived and studied in Berlin and in Italy. She is a big foodie, a cat lover and an endless seeker of random experiences. You can read more about her traveling and other new from her blog.

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Anni Kravi

Foodie and Student

I’m a 21 years old university student and multitasker (I work almost full time too) living in Helsinki, loving wholesome foods, running, yoga & bodycombat. I enjoy early mornings, traveling, coffee, dried figs, graphical stuff and blue colour. Moreover, I’m a passionate cook and a total health nut. My blog BlueberryBoost is my space for sharing inspiration on creative healthy eating, exercising and wellbeing for you to explore.

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Pelago Bicycles

Bicycle Company

Pelago is a bicycle company rooted in the Helsinki pavement. We come a long way from digging out parts from junk yards, working at local service shops, fixing up bikes for friends and riding long miles in the city and out around the roads. We grew up from the streets and backcountry to contribute to cycling with products that we wanted to ride and to be proud of — the kind of bicycles we hope you enjoy as much as we do — bicycles that serve the purpose.

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Kirsikka Simberg

Designer and Stylist

I’m an independent designer and a stylist based in Helsinki, Finland.

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Mikko Ryhanen

Photographer

Mikko Ryhänen is a photographer specializing in lifestyle and fashion imagery. He works with design brands such as Artek, Iittala, Marimekko and also contributes regularly to fashion magazines. His first artist book Prairie was published in 2013 and is sold through Antenne books in Europe and Dashwood books in the U.S.

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Katja Hagelstam

Photographer and Concept Store Owner

Katja is a photographer and owner of Lokal. Inspired to create a gallery shop for Finnish artists and designers, she opened Lokal in April of 2012. It has been growing and changing ever since, showing a mix of recognized and up-and-coming artists.

The concept store is home to independent Finnish art, design and craft. The coffee, roasted by Helsingin Kahvipaahtimo, is always brewing and the themed exhibitions change every month.

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Maria Lonnqvist

Raw Dessert Artist and Author

Maria Lönnqvist is a raw dessert artist, laugher, foodie and a book author from Helsinki, Finland. Maria is founder of a raw food cafe Hymy and she hosts unbaking courses and events. She has her own unbakery in Helsinki.

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Hanna Kress

Gallerist

Hanna is the gallerist of Gallery Sculptor: an art gallery mainly focused on sculptures. The gallery is owned by the Association of Finnish Sculptors and there are not only changing exhibitions but also a comprehensive sales collection, which gives a good overview of Finnish contemporary sculpture art.

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Thia and Annika

SOFiNAH founders

SOFiNAH is so much more than a multi brand shop for us owners; childhood friends Thia and Annika. It’s a refreshing lifestyle concept. A philosophy to FEEL FiNE about ourselves and always respect others. The standard of our service is high and we aim to give our customers a shopping experience that is both funky and meaningful. We just love to see our customers get a true connection with our handpicked labels. Slow shopping is what we call it!

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Tiina Vainio

The inventor of Sauna Yoga

Tiina is the inventor of Sauna Yoga. This is practiced seated on a sauna bench in a temperature of 50°C. A sequence of simple, yoga-based poses and the quietness of the sauna pamper the body and the mind, and make way for a thoroughly relaxing experience. The combination of the mild heat and gentle yoga poses relieve tension in the body and calm the mind.

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Vasilis Meschinis

Food and Travel Blogger

A Greek who decided to settle down in Helsinki after spending his student years “researching” the nomihodai venues of Hokkaido.

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Riina Laine

Dy Painting & Makeup Artist

Riina is a body painting and makeup artist, based in Helsinki. She’s the World Champion 2014 in body painting and the winner of the Make-up Achievement of the Year 2013 award.

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Pekka Sauri

Deputy Mayor of Helsinki

Pekka Sauri has served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Helsinki since 2003, in charge of Public Works and Environmental Affairs.

He has also worked as an independent researcher, educator, writer, translator and cartoonist. He has published a number of books on psychology, communication and education. He lives in Helsinki with his family.

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SF Looks

Street Style Blog

SF Looks / Hel Looks is a street style blog from Helsinki and San Francisco. We document individual, unique looks and styles. The blog was founded in July 2005 and it’s created by Liisa Jokinen and Sampo Karjalainen.

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Helsinki

Top Museums in Helsinki

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Yours truly

Top 10 museums and art galleries. Seurasaari Open-Air Museum is an absolute must-see - every time you visit Helsinki. Somehow, the experience is always fresh and authentic. Other authentic experiences are provided by the Sofiankatu street museum; Burgher's House (the oldest wooden building still standing in Helsinki); and the Design Museum that showcases the finest in Finnish design, from 1870 to the present day.

  1. Cygnaeuksengalleria +Add

    Cygnaeus Gallery (Cygnaeuksen Galleria)

    The oldest art museum in Finland
  2. Gallen-Kallela Museum +Add

    Gallen-Kallela Museum

    Celebrating Finnish national identity
  3. Objets finlandais (Musée du design, Helsinki) +Add

    Design Museum (Taideteollisuus Museo)

    A world of designs and colors
    Locals' Pick
  4. Art museum Kiasma - panoramio +Add

    Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (Nykytaiteen ...

    Contemporary museum in a highly contemporary building
    Famous
    Locals' Pick
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    Burgher's House (Ruiskumestarin Talo)

    Beautiful wooden-building, housing a museum
  6. Museum of Finnish Architecture (Suomen Rakennustaiteen Museo) +Add

    Museum of Finnish Architecture (Suomen ...

    A journey into the history of the Finnish architecture
  7. National Museum of Finland +Add

    National Museum of Finland (Suomen Kansallismuseo)

    The Finnish history from the Stone Age to the present day
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  8. Finnish National Gallery (Valtion Taidemuseo) - Ateneum +Add

    Finnish National Gallery (Valtion Taidemuseo)

    The largest art museum institution of Finland
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    Seurasaari Open-Air Museum

    A museum of Finnish lifestyle and traditions
    Famous
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    Sofiankatu, Street Museum

    Helsinki's street history, in plain view
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