[ hel-sing-kee, hel-sing- ]
/ ˈhɛl sɪŋ ki, hɛlˈsɪŋ- /


a seaport in and the capital of Finland, on the S coast.


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Definition for helsinki (2 of 2)

[ fin-luh nd ]
/ ˈfɪn lənd /


Finnish Suomi. a republic in N Europe: formerly a province of the Russian Empire. 130,119 sq. mi. (337,010 sq. km). Capital: Helsinki.
Gulf of, an arm of the Baltic, S of Finland. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for helsinki (1 of 2)

/ (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)

British Dictionary definitions for helsinki (2 of 2)

/ (ˈfɪnlənd) /


a republic in N Europe, on the Baltic Sea: ceded to Russia by Sweden in 1809; gained independence in 1917; Soviet invasion successfully withstood in 1939–40, with the loss of Karelia; a member of the European Union. It is generally low-lying, with about 50 000 lakes, extensive forests, and peat bogs. Official languages: Finnish and Swedish. Religion: Christian, Lutheran majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Helsinki. Pop: 5 266 114 (2013 est). Area: 337 000 sq km (130 120 sq miles)Finnish name: Suomi
Gulf of Finland an arm of the Baltic Sea between Finland, Estonia, and Russia
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 (1 of 2)

[ (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.

Cultural definitions for helsinki (2 of 2)


Republic in northern Europe, bordered by the Gulf of Bothnia (an arm of the Baltic Sea) and Sweden to the west, Norway to the north, Russia to the east, and the Gulf of Finland (another arm of the Baltic) and the Baltic Sea to the south. Its capital and largest city is Helsinki.

notes for Finland

Despite centuries of cultural, political, and economic domination by the Russian empire and the former Soviet Union, Finland has managed to maintain an independent identity.
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