Helsinki (Finnish) or Helsingfors (Swedish) is the capital of Finland.
The county of Helsinki forms the core of Finland’s largest urban area, known in Finnish as the “capital area” (pääkaupunkiseutu).
Within Helsinki itself, the city center is on the southern peninsula at the end of the city’s main thoroughfare Mannerheimintie (or just Mansku). Both the central railway station and the main bus terminal are in the city center. Shopping streets Aleksanterinkatu (or Aleksi for short) and Esplanadi (or Espa) connect to Senate Square (Senaatintori), the historical center of the city.