Finnish City: Espoo

The second largest city of Finland, Espoo (ESPOO) is a satellite Helsinki and actually part of the so-called "Capital region" (Pääkaupunkiseutu – Helsinki, Espoo, Guy and Kauniaine).

  • Harbor in Espoo
  • Nokia Head Office in Keilaniyi
  • Wooden house in Espoo

The city began at the place of rare farms in 1557, when the Swedish king Gustav Wasa founded his residence here. For this, the village of Esbu (Espåby) and Mankby (Mankby, Mankki) were redeemed. Around the residence and built nearby temple and began to develop the town of Espo (ESBU), which in the approximate translation means "Surrounded by oysums" (the shores of the Esponioki River and in our days are abundantly covered with groves of this tree). At the beginning of the 20th century, Espoo was a rural municipality in which only 9,000 inhabitants lived, of which 70% were the Swedes. In 1920, a separate municipality of Kauniainen (Kauniainen, then Grankulla), who received urban rights simultaneously with Espoo only in 1972.

In the middle of the 20th century, Espoo began to grow rapidly. The reason for this was the convenient position near the capital, and the well-developed agriculture, and the beauty of these places. Here, the residents of Helsinki began to build their summer houses, Espo gradually acquires the status of a rich suburbs, remaining those in our days. In fact, in its size, he has long overtaken the capital, yielding it only in the total population and density of development. However, he has the largest city budget in the country, the richest population and, accordingly, the highest prices for real estate.

City of Finland Espoo
  • Main building of the University of Aalto, Otaniami, Espoo
  • Street landscape Espoo
  • Motorway in the area of ​​Tapiol

As an urban settlement of Espo still does not have clear boundaries – diversified areas of numerous rivers, lakes and forest areas of low-rise buildings form a very intricate structure. Espoon Keskus, Kiltakallio, Kirkkojärvi, Saarniraivio, Suna, Suvela and Tuomarila), in which most municipal buildings are concentrated; Southeast district of Leppävara (Leppävaara) with the South Tapiola (Tapiola), South Tapiol (Otaniemi) and Keilaniemi (Keilaniemi); Southwest Kirkkonummi; Western Kauklahti (Kauklahti); Southern Coastal Esponlahti (Espoonlahti) and Matinkyl (Matinkylä); Northeast Korpilampi (Korpilampi) and Northern Espoo (Pohjois-Espoo). However, in practice, the names of the old villages and farms are preserved inside each district, sometime in this place, so it is very difficult to focus here.

Reviews and studies of trips

Espoo, Water Park Serena

The hotel booked in Espoo. For a small price I got a double breakfast with an extra bed for a child, in a good 4-star Glo Sella hotel plus tickets to Water Park. Read more →

SS20 | April 2012

Ride by car in Finland

. The neighborhood of the hotel is very picturesque, close to the pier with a lot of boats, stadium, tennis courts (but they, in my opinion, are not a hotel, but for the surrounding inhabitants), everywhere green plantings, neat lawns, garbage is not lying anywhere. Right at the surrounding area (mainly at night or in the morning), you can meet a renowned animation: the squirrel sits calmly on the bench, hares – rusaki does not rush and without fright jump somewhere on the lawn, not paying attention to people, some birds like Tetherov sit among the trees. Read more →

Alexander | May 2006


Rest in Finland with a child without travel agencies. A story about how pleasant and useful to spend a couple of weeks in the capital of the former Grand Principality of Finland and its surroundings on the basis of the experience gained by me (28 years old, lover of exhibitions, historical museums and books) and my son (8 years old, normal child). Read more →

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