Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland. It is located in the southern part of Finland on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, by the Baltic Sea. The population of the city of Helsinki is 565,186 (30 April 2007), making it the most populous municipality in Finland by a wide margin.
Helsinki is not only Finland's administrative center, but also the focal point of Finnish cultural life and business activity. There is a large and varied collection of museums, galleries and performance spaces in the city. Many major companies are headquartered in Helsinki.
Helsinki, along with the neighbouring cities of Vantaa, Espoo and Kauniainen, constitutes what is known as the capital region, with over 1,000,000 inhabitants. The Greater Helsinki area contains several additional municipalities and has a population of 1,293,093.