Top Choice Concert Venue in City Centre


Home to the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sibelius Academy, the glass- and copper-fronted Helsinki Music Centre, opened in 2011, hosts a diverse program of classical, jazz, fo…
Top Choice Live Performance in Tampere


Comics and musicians regularly take to the stage at this much-loved venue, which attracts arty, hip and fun-loving locals of every age. Drinkers and diners claim the tables in the front garden; the stage is inside. …
Concert Venue in Kamppi & Töölö

Finlandia Talo

Designed by Alvar Aalto, this 1971 concert hall in angular white marble is one of Helsinki's landmark buildings. It received its congress wing in 1975 and was expanded in 2011. Alongside a varying program of music, …
Theatre in Närpes

Närpes Teater

Going strong for 50-plus years, this unique summer theater is special for two reasons. First, performances take place on a revolving stage, which certainly adds an element of unexpectedness. Second – an effect that'…
Cinema in Kamppi & Töölö

Orion Theatre

Opened in 1927, this gorgeous art-deco cinema with chequerboard tiles has 216 plush red seats. It shows classics from the Finnish Film Archive through to new art-house releases, either in English or with English sub…
Live Music in Vaasa

Doo-bop Club

Run as a nonprofit organisation, this lively club serves up jazz, funk and soul in suitably darkened surroundings. Occasional jam sessions mix things up.
Cinema in Rauma

Iso Hannu

This delightful independent cinema hosts its own mini film festival (www.blueseafilmfestival.net) in August.
Jazz in Turku


Intimate venue for live jazz, funk and Latin.
Spectator Sport in Kamppi & Töölö

Telia 5G Arena

Next to the Olympic Stadium, this 10,770-seat arena is the home ground of Helsinki's football (aka soccer) team, HJK (Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi). The team is the closest thing Finland has to a Real Madrid or Manches…
Opera in Kamppi & Töölö


From mid-August to May, opera, ballet and classical concerts are staged at Helsinki's opera house, set in landscaped parkland next to Töölönlahti bay. Designed by Eero Hyvämäki, Jukka Karhunen and Risto Parkkinen, t…