Finland's capital and largest city, Helsinki (population 625,000) ranks among Europe's most progressive and gay-friendly cities - the country currently recognizes same-sex registered partnerships but is expected to legalize full gay marriage in March 2017, as is done in the fellow Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Norway, and Iceland. In late June, the city celebrates Helsinki Gay Pride, comprising a week's worth of events. This year's dates are June 27 through July 3, 2016. Typically about 10,000 participants attend Pride in Helsinki, making it one of the city's largest events.
Events include a Pride Parade on Saturday, July 2, starting at Senaatintori Square, with the procession leading to the Pride Festival grounds at Kaivopuisto waterside park in the southeastern edge of the city.
Note that Helsinki Gay Pride takes place around the same time as another major Scandinavia LGBT event, Oslo Gay Pride in Norway.
Helsinki Gay Resources
Popular gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Week. Check local resources, such as the Nighttours Gay Helsinki Guide. And visit the the helpful Helsinki Gay Pride Guide, produce by the City of Helsinki Tourism office, for more on planning a gay vacation in this vibrant city.