Located in the immediate vicinity of the Finnish capital Helsinki, Vantaa is the fourth largest city in Finland with about 230,000 inhabitants, and the trend is rising. More than 100 languages are spoken in Vantaa.
Just like Frankfurt (Oder), Vantaa sees itself as a gateway between east and west – founded by the Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport with numerous direct flight connections all over the world, by the northern European transport artery European Route E 18, which connects Scandinavia with Russia, by train connections to Russia and the port of Helsinki, which is only 30 km away.
The strategic traffic situation has developed the city of Vantaa into an international growth center, where more than 11,000 companies, including from the logistics and technology sectors, are active.
The settlement of the region dates back to the 5th millennium BC. It was first mentioned in a document in 1351, but was granted city status only in 1974. Today, Vantaa is a lively, growing city with around 200,000 inhabitants, which, despite modern development, retains its natural character.
There are a number of activities and attractions in the region. The Vantaa Art Museum hosts changing exhibitions of international and Finnish contemporary art. In the City Museum Vantaa, in the old railway station in Tikkurila, you can immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the region. The Finnish Aviation Museum is also located in Vantaa, where there are over 70 civil and military aircraft and changing exhibitions to admire. The museum’s collections include almost 9000 items, as well as 16 000 books and magazines. The museum’s photo collection is also great.
The most popular attraction of the city is the Eureka Science Center, which has about 200 scientific objects, a planetarium and a science park. The center’s interactive exhibitions inspire visitors of all ages – even the youngest, who are not yet able to read – to experience and study scientific phenomena. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, there are always two changing exhibitions in Eureka, and some of his exhibitions have also been presented in foreign scientific centers. Another important attraction of the city is the Flamingo Resort Complex, the largest recreation complex in Finland. The adventure center has a huge water park, a wellness center, a bowling hall, cinemas, a mini-golf course, numerous restaurants and a nightclub. Next to the Flamingo is the largest shopping center in the country, Jumbo.