Christmas thrills and chills amid the festive fervor of Helsinki

  • 2003-12-11
  • By Justin Petrone
HELSINKI - The Finnish capital Helsinki is a boxy mid-19th century affair, with wide avenues, long boulevards and plenty of parks and public spaces that have played host to many foreign visitors for politics, business, or pleasure.Most guidebooks admit that, while Helsinki is hardly an architectural wonder, it still boasts a lively nightlife and there is nothing more enjoyable than soaking up those long days in summer time with a gin long drink in hand, alternating between the sauna and shower.But what about the dreadful Finnish winter we are always hearing about? The one that gives the Fi...
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