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Here we present unique experiences from the wild partylife around the world.

Finland: Zetor - rocking among tractors - Part 1 of 2!

2003-12-18
Helsink is real rock`n roll. To have real fun in Helsinki, I could not think of a better place than Zetor. The discothèque is decorated with humorous interior and has a countryside style. Here the locals show what the Finnish word "Sisu" means. Soumi Rokkia make your party unforgetable, especially if you can dance among tractors.
Photo. Tractor party at Zetor in Helsinki. In the middle of the city centre you feel that you are in the countryside.

Helsinki is the beautiful capital in Finland. The life in Helsinki is quite pulsating and this is the city where you really feel alive, especially in one discothèque, the Zetor Bar and Restaurant. It`s the most distinctive and funny in the city. This is the place where you can soak up the real "Sisu"-atmosphere in Finland. Sisu is like an invisible power that the Finnish is equipped with.

The term Sisu characterise the inhabitants more than anything else. In the Finnish culture Sisu refers to good guts. It means more precisely special strength, stubbornness, encouragement and stamina. I have been to Zetor several occasions the last years enjoyed tasting Finnish food, homemade ale and special drinking hot shots. I have also had the pleasure to dance to the powerful Finnish rock`n roll music - SOUMI ROKKIA! 

Helsinki is located in the southern part of Finland on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. Helsinki forms a conurbation with three other cities, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen, which are together called the capital area. The Greater Helsinki area has a total population of 1.2 million.

Photo. Reindeer in northern Finland. 

This wonderful animal reminded me of the great Soumi people in Zetor Bar who jumped around in the same way.

One of the greatest architecture highlights in Helsinki is the Helsinki Cathedral (in Finnish Helsingin tuomiokirkko). The area around the Cathedral was probably the greatest arena for celebrating the transition to the new millennium. The colours lighted up the monument and the celebration was fantastic. What a party!

The Helsinki Cathedral is an Evangelical Lutheran cathedral located in the centre of Helsinki, Finland. Until the independence of Finland in 1917, it was called St. Nicholas' church. It`s a distinct landmark in the scenery of central Helsinki, the church was built in 1830-1852, representing the neoclassical style. It was originally designed by Carl Engel, and later altered by his successor Ernst Lohrmann.

Photo. The Helsinki Cathedral - the Soumi main arena for celebrating the new millennium.

Today it is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Helsinki. Annually more than 350,000 people visit the church, some of them to attend religious events, but most are tourists. On the roof of the cathedral there are zinc statues of the 12 Apostles. These are the biggest uniform collection of zinc sculptures in the world.

But there is more to experience in Helsinki than just admire beautiful buildings and historical sites. If you would like to take the pulse of the city, the best place is definitely Zetor, and here you can experience the spirit of the Finnish party life, which is probably one of the best in the world.

Read more about the unique party life in Helsinki in part 2.

Stein Morten Lund, 27 august 2003

Additional information
Helsinki 's green parks, waterways, nice harbour area, fresh sea winds with seagulls flying over the busy market square, and many open-air cafés, make the city a pleasant place to visit in summer. The Finnish are famous for design and architecture.

You will find evidence of that by walking down the main street Esplanade and other places around in the city. The city is characterised by small buildings. The market square is still surrounded by 19th century architecture.

Finnish design on its best is also shown on Marimekko clothes and Nokia mobile (cellular) phone, some of them with Marimekko design.

Built on a peninsula, Helsinki is linked by ferry to Suomenlinna Island in the Gulf of Finland, which is perfect for picnicking day-trippers.
 
Some useful phrases that can make your stay more pleasant in Finland:
Finnish language could be very difficult for foreigners. For example: the language has few prepositions. Therefore some of the words are extremely long. Take a deep breath, and just blow the words out. The Finnish people would be totally charmed!

• Kiitos saunasta - thank you for the sauna. The sauna is an important institution (Finnish hot bath) in Finland as the pubs are in Ireland.
• Kiipis - toast, cheers (for drinking)
• Olutta - a beer
• Vodkaa - a vodka

For more information about Finland:
Finnish Tourist Board's official travel guide to Finland - website: www.visitfinland.com.

On this site you'll find information about how to make the most of your trip, whether you are visiting for pleasure or business.

Finnish Tourist Board
Head Office: P.O. Box 625, Töölönkatu 11,
00101 HELSINKI, FINLAND Tel.: +358 (0)9 4176 911
Fax: +358 (0)9 4176 9399
E-mail: mek@mek.fi.

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