Lifestyle in Helsinki
A small but bustling city, expats can enjoy a great lifestyle in Helsinki. Whether one wants to spend their hard-earned cash on designer goods, learn about local culture at one of the city’s museums or get the adrenaline pumping on the ski slopes, there’s a lot to keep expats of all ages entertained.
Shopping in Helsinki
Helsinki is a shopper’s delight. Expats looking for designer furniture, the latest fashions, antique jewellery, healthy organic food or a particular foreign delicacy will be able to find whatever they need in the city.
Expats can visit Helsinki’s Design District near Dianapuisto Park for 25 streets brimming with eclectic jewellery shops, design collectives, antique stores, fashion boutiques, quaint museums, art galleries and showrooms. The city is also home to a number of open-air markets, which are fun places to shop at for traditional foods, sweet treats, handicrafts and souvenirs while enjoying a unique relaxed atmosphere.
Arts and culture in Helsinki
Helsinki is home to more than 80 museums and galleries, so there’s no excuse for expats to get bored on weekends. The most popular venues include Amos Anderson Art Museum, Ateneum Art Museum, The Bank of Finland Museum and the Helsinki City Museum.
The city also has a prominent theatre scene. The Finnish National Theatre presents all sorts, from historical plays to more experimental productions. There are also many smaller high-quality theatres and independent show houses scattered throughout the city.
Eating out in Helsinki
The Finns enjoy showing off their culinary skills by giving contemporary twists to traditional favourites and Helsinki’s restaurant scene is said to be one of Europe’s best. Locals eat less red meat than their European counterparts and favour more poultry and fish, especially Baltic herring. Expats looking to sample the local flavours will be suitably awed by Helsinki's take on New Nordic Cuisine, with many restaurants rivalling the best that the lands of the Vikings have to offer.
Those looking for a taste of home will be able to find a range of international foods in the city.
Sports and outdoor activities in Helsinki
Helsinki has lots of recreational areas where outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy pursuits such as hiking, wildlife watching, mountain biking, running, fishing and golf. During winter, active expats can hit the slopes and there are a number of gyms and fitness centres too.