History Helsinki tells the story of Helsinki
A lot of high-quality research has been conducted on the history of Helsinki, and information is also readily available online. However, this material is scattered to a great number of sources and hence difficult to perceive as a whole. Historia.Helsinki.fi compiles the history of the capital to one location in an interesting and easy-to-understand manner.
The articles have been divided into three different categories: “Phenomena”, “Regions” and “Turning points” and broken down by the city’s official major districts. You can also use the search tool to search for information on your own Helsinki district by using it as a search term. The website also includes a map service where you can compare maps and see all the interesting things the city has to offer. The content of the website is constantly increasing. In the future, the website will cover all aspects of Helsinki’s history, major districts and periods of history.
The website is a joint project by several units of the City of Helsinki. The IT administration unit and especially the City Archives team from the Helsinki City Executive Office are actively involved in the project. The Culture and Leisure Division is represented by the Helsinki City Museum. The Development Services of the Education Division are also taking part in the project.
The writers are professionals in the field of history: researchers, teachers, archivists, museum staff, etc. The main contributor of each article is mentioned by name. A large number of researchers has also contributed to the creation of the website by doing background work for the articles, in particular Ulpu Marjomaa, Kalle Virtapohja, Minna Hilska and Niina Hägg. Some of the website’s articles have also been written as assignments by students of history at the University of Helsinki. Content has also been produced in cooperation with numerous other operators in the field of history. The editor in chief of the website is PhD Marko Halonen.