Bohemia Meets Working Class in Helsinki’s Traditional Gay Quarter

Published Date Author: , October 31st, 2015


Some say ‘I’m no racist, but…’ is Finland’s national motto, but Helsinki’s district of Kallio, with its liberal and slightly bohemian atmosphere, is only one of numerous places to resists this stereotype.

Much like Stockholm, Copenhagen and other Scandinavian cities, Helsinki doesn’t have a designated gayborhood – but Kallio, home to Finland’s president Tarja Halonen, is still going strong as an LGBTI hotspot.

The long, cold winter nights, contrasting sharply with a summer shaped by the virtually endless daylight during the white nights, leave their imprint on the community, driving them closer together into a merry mix.

By Stefanie Gerdes – Full Story at Gay Star News | Finland Gay Travel Resources

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