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Helsinkiball is the largest city and the capital of Finlandball.

It became important city when Russiaball moved the Finnish capital from Turkuball to Helsinkiball in 1812 to reduce Swedish influence in Finland, and to bring the capital closer to Saint Petersburgball.

Early history

Helsinki was established as a trading town by King Gustav I of Sweden in 1550 as the town of Helsingfors, which he intended to be a rival to the Hanseatic city of Reval (today known as Tallinn). Little came of the plans as Helsinki remained a tiny town plagued by poverty, wars, and diseases. The plague of 1710 killed the greater part of the inhabitants of Helsinki. The construction of the naval fortress Sveaborg (In Finnish Viapori, today also Suomenlinna) in the 18th century helped improve Helsinki's status, but it was not until Russia defeated Sweden in the Finnish War and annexed Finland as the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland in 1809 that the town began to develop into a substantial city. During the war, Russians besieged the Sveaborg fortress, and about one quarter of the town was destroyed in an 1808 fire.

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Finland-icon Perkele Republic of Finland Finland-icon
Regions

Aland-icon ÅlandballCenteralFinland-icon Central FinlandballCenteralOstrobothnia-icon Central OstrobothniaballKainuu-icon KainuuballKymenlaakso-icon KymenlaaksoballLapland-icon LaplandballNorth Karelia-icon North KareliaballNorthern Ostrobothnia-icon Northern OstrobothniaballNorthern Savonia-icon Northern SavoniaballOstrobothnia-icon OstrobothniaballPäijät-Häme-icon Päijät-HämeballPirkanmaa-icon PirkanmaaballSatakunta-icon SatakuntaballSouth Karelia-icon South KareliaballSouthern Ostrobothnia-icon Southern OstrobothniaballSouthern Savonia-icon Southern SavoniaballSouthwest Finland-icon Southwest FinlandballTavastia Proper-icon Tavastia ProperballUusimaa-icon Uusimaaball

Finland
Cities Helsinki-icon HelsinkiballMariehamn-icon Mariehamnball
Former entities Sami-icon SamiballSweden-icon Swedish EmpireballRussian-Empire-icon Russian Empireball (Grand Duchy of Finland-icon Grand Duchy of Finlandball) • Finland-icon Kingdom of Finlandball

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