Where do you live?
With my family in Munkkiniemi district, Helsinki.
Where would you live if you didn’t live in Helsinki?
I would love to live in Turku. I like its architecture by the river and there are lots of cultural happenings.
What’s best about your neighbourhood?
Munkkiniemi is beautiful because it has many old houses, trees and lovely parks and it is by the sea. In Munkkiniemi we have almost everything that one needs; a chemist, a shoemaker, an antique shop, grocery stores, florists, a library, a church, a hairdresser, cafés, restaurants and the number 4 tram.
Which is your favourite Helsinki neighbourhood?Munkkiniemi. It is like a small village near the city centre.
What is Helsinki’s best attraction?
Walking by the sea and having a cup of coffee and a korvapuusti (spiced pastry) in Café Regatta.
Where do you take out-of-town friends?
A picnic on the rocks at the Temppeli church is perfect!
Which are your favourite Helsinki stores?
Muotikuu and Crazy for clothes and Munkkivuori shopping mall.
And your favourite restaurants?
If you like vegetarian food like me, Silvoplee on Toinen Linja in Kallio is absolutely fantastic! And if you want the best Finnish food, Kosmos on Kalevankatu is the place to go.
Can you recommend any Finnish dishes to try?
Try a smoked fish called nahkiainen, a speciality at Satakunta restaurant.
Do you have a favourite local café or pub?
In Munkkiniemi there are many nice cafés. My favourite is Café Torpanranta on Munkkiniemenranta. The outdoor terrace is also popular in winter time.
Do you have a favourite walk?
I usually go for a walk on Seurasaari. I love the winding paths there and the view to town.
How do you like to travel around Helsinki?
I prefer to use the tram. I think trams make people feel happier.
Which is Helsinki’s best landmark or building?
The best building in Helsinki is the Olympiastadion.
Which person from Helsinki do you most admire?
Our city gardeners.
Any advice for visitors?
Speak to a Finn and you will be surprised at how friendly they are, although they may look a bit sad.
Anywhere you would recommend visitors avoid?
The last buses from the centre on weekends.
Can you recommend any good hotels?
Hotel Torni is the most charming old hotel.
What can’t you live without?
The greenness of Helsinki.
What would you miss if you left the city?
Suomenlinna, a most beautiful and extraordinary place.
What makes Helsinki special?
Helsinki is a lovely mixture of urban life and nature such as the central park and the islands.
Tell us a secret.
From the ladies’ room in Hotel Torni’s top-floor bar, you can see a beautiful view of Helsinki through the glass walls.