Purple-edged copper Lycaena hippothoe, foto: Pekka Malinen

The host city

Helsinki, the sustainable capital of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green urban areas. Helsinki marches to a wonderful and unique beat of its own with dynamic food, design, architecture – and sauna! – scenes. Helsinki and its Nordic culture are made by the locals.

For more information about the host city, please explore the Helsinki websites:


Examples of contents at the myhelsinki-website (click on link to view):

The Helsinki Central Library Oodi, which has just been named the world’s best new public library, is also a great place to start and end your jog. Oodi is just across the park from the Finlandia Hall – most of these routes pass the Finlandia Hall. Afterwards, you can recover with a light snack and refreshments on Oodi’s amazing terrace. Here are five urban jogging routes of varying distances and styles that will take you from the front of the library to the shores of the Baltic Sea! Suggestions for the jogging routes:
• Around Töölönlahti bay, approx. 3 km
• Over the Linnunlaulu bridge to the Tokoinranta shoreline, approx. 5 km
• Through the lively district of Kallio, approx. 10 km
• By the water in Kaivopuisto, Katajanokka and the Market Square, approx. 15 km
• Along the coastline past the Sibelius Monument and President’s Official Residence, approx. 20 km

Further suggestions (see descriptions and other suggestions under myhelsinki):