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Sport and Activities in Helsinki

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Be sure to make time to visit Korkeasaari zoo, which it is situated on its own island, in a cove near the city centre by Kruunuvuori Bay. During the summer months, the best way to get to the Helsinki Zoo is with public transport: a fifteen-minute ferry journey from Kauppatori or Hakaniemi, or the Zoo Line Bus 11 from Herttoniemi metro station to the Zoo. Limited parking is available in Mustikkamaa and Kulosaari.  During the wintertime Bus 16 or the metro to Kulosaari take you closest: a 1.5-km walk to the Zoo. Zoo Line Bus 11 operates only on weekends.

The Sports Department of the City of Helsinki is dedicated to improving the quality of life and capabilities of the people in Helsinki through sports.  There are a broad range of sports services available in Helsinki throughout the year, both indoors and out. The city has about 800 sports clubs covering some 100 different sports. However, most people exercise or participate in sports on their own. 

Key functions of the Sports Department:

  • to provide and maintain sports facilities
  • to maintain outdoor recreation areas
  • to arrange supervised sports activities
  • to supervise boating and maintain marinas
  • to develop and control fishing
  • to prepare matters related
  • to subsidies and support
  • to market and provide information on sports services

Useful Addresses:

City of Helsinki Sports Department (in English)

Public Works Department (in Finnish)

The Helsinki Zoo 

Update 21/05/2008


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