Helsinki is the capital of Finland. Located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, it is the centre of the region of Uusimaa in southern Finland, and has around 600,000 inhabitants. It is the country’s most important center for politics, finance, culture, and research and education. The Finnish education system is renowned globally for its innovative approach and consistently high performance in international assessments. 

Some things to know about Helsinki:
-It is a global design capital, known for its modern and functionalist architecture.
-It is the birthplace of the sauna, and Helsinki proudly continues this tradition. 
-It is home to several top-notch universities and research institutions, contributing to its reputation as an educational and innovation hub.
-It is surrounded by the sea and a vast archipelago, with numerous islands accessible by ferry. Suomenlinna, is an inhabited sea fortress composed of 8 islands and it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.