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Helsinki 200

Sunday April 8th, 2012. 02:00 PM. Published under Quotes, helsinki. No Comments.


The county governor of the provinces of Uusimaa and Häme, the perpetually inventive Gustaf Fredrik Stjernvall, presents the idea that Helsinki should become the capital. On 25 October 1810 Stjernvall duly wrote to State Secretary Mihail Speranski, in which he outlined his idea:

“Helsinki’s location between the new and old Finnish towns turns out to be favourable. The city also has an excellent harbour. Helsinki is ideally suited not only to be the capital of the Grand Duchy, but also a flourishing centre of foreign trade”, Stjernvall wrote in his letter, which he headed “A Most Humble Memorandum”.

The problem, however, was that Helsinki’s centre had been destroyed by the great fire of November 1808. Nonetheless, reconstruction brought with it new opportunities:

- “In order to have the appearance that befits its status, the city must be rebuilt in stone”, Stjernvall continued.


On 8 April (27 March on the Julian calendar), the Emperor signed the edict according to which Helsinki would become the Finnish capital.

Although Alexander I’s orders were followed, the decision provoked intense resentment in Turku.

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Funny signs

Saturday March 27th, 2010. 04:38 AM. Published under Quotes, helsinki. 1 Comment.

From the window display of the Day shop, in Bulevardi street, Helsinki.


Instead of Cleaning the house, I just turn off the lights.

Tired parents and happy kids live here

A golfer and a normal person live here. Guess who is home

A dirty house is a sign of A Brilliant Party!

The first 50 years of Marriage are Always the hardest.

You don’t have to be mad to live here but it helps.

I can please one person per day. Today I choose me.

Beer is cheaper than therapy.

We serve only the finest French wine, did you bring any?

Nobody is perfect, but I’m pretty close!

A clean house is a sign of a wasted life.

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Friday October 23rd, 2009. 11:05 AM. Published under People, Quotes. No Comments.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Calvin Coolidge

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Sunday August 16th, 2009. 09:52 AM. Published under Funny, Quotes. 3 Comments.

I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather.. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on the list.

Sex is not the answer. Sex is the question. “Yes” is the answer.

Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake a whole relationship.

We live in a society where pizza gets to your house before the police.

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong.

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Einstein’s thoughts on crisis.

Tuesday February 10th, 2009. 08:17 AM. Published under Job, People, Quotes. 4 Comments.


Let’s not pretend that things will change if we keep doing the same things. A crisis can be a real blessing to any person, to any nation. For all crises bring progress. Creativity is born from anguish. Just like the day is born form the dark night. It’s in crisis that inventive is born, as well as discoveries, and big strategies. He who overcomes crisis, overcomes himself, without getting overcome.

He who blames his failure to a crisis neglects his own talent, and is more respectful to problems than to solutions. Incompetence is the the true crisis. The greatest inconvenience of people and nations is the laziness with which they attempt to find the solutions to their problems. There’s no challenge without a crisis. Without challenges, life becomes a routine, a slow agony. There’s no merits without crisis. It’s in the crisis where we can show the very best in us. Without a crisis, any wind becomes a tender touch.

To speak about a crisis is to promote it. Not to speak about it is to exalt conformism. Let us work hard instead. Let us stop, once and for all, the menacing crisis that represents the tragedy of not being willing to overcome it.

Vía + Vía

What is travelling?

Saturday January 31st, 2009. 06:26 AM. Published under Quotes. No Comments.

What is traveling? Changing your place? By no means! Traveling is changing your opinions and your prejudices.

- Anatole France (1844—1924)