[ hel-sing-kee, hel-sing- ]
/ ˈhɛl sɪŋ ki, hɛlˈsɪŋ- /
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a seaport in and the capital of Finland, on the S coast.



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Swedish Hel·sing·fors [hel-sing-fawrz; Swedish hel-sing-fawsh]. /ˈhɛl sɪŋˌfɔrz; Swedish ˌhɛl sɪŋˈfɔʃ/.
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British Dictionary definitions for Helsinki

/ (ˈhɛlsɪŋkɪ, hɛlˈsɪŋ-) /


the capital of Finland, a port in the south on the Gulf of Finland: founded by Gustavus I of Sweden in 1550; replaced Turku as capital in 1812, while under Russian rule; university. Pop: 559 330 (2003 est)Swedish name: Helsingfors (hɛlsɪŋˈfɔrs)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for Helsinki

[ (hel-sing-kee, hel-sing-kee) ]

Capital of Finland and largest city in the country; located in southern Finland on the Gulf of Finland; one of the nation's chief ports, as well as its commercial and cultural center.

notes for Helsinki

Helsinki is the site of many international conferences.

notes for Helsinki

The Helsinki Accords were signed in 1975; their goal was to increase cooperation between eastern and western Europe in hopes of reducing tensions resulting from World War II and the cold war.
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