Suomenlinna or Viapori (Finnish), or Sveaborg (Swedish), is an sea fortress built on six islands, today within Helsinki, the capital of Finland.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and popular with both tourists and locals.
View from Suomenlinna
Sweden started building the fortress in 1748 as a protection against Russia. In the Finnish War the fortress surrendered to Russia on May 3rd 1808, paving the way for the occupation of Finland by Russian forces in 1809.
Suomenlinna is now one of the greatest tourist attractions in Helsinki as well as a popular picnicking spot for the city's inhabitants, and on a sunny summer day the islands, and in particular the ferries, can get quite crowded. A number of museums exist on the island, as well as the last surviving Finnish submarine Vesikko.
There are about 900 permanent inhabitants on the islands, and 350 people work there all year round.
For the general public Suomenlinna is served by ferries all year around.
More pictures of Suomenlinna can be found here
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