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Destinations


This page lists our current destinations. Our main hub is Helsinki Vantaa international airport and many of our flights also operate from our focus cities of Stockholm (Arlanda) and Copenhagen (Kastrup).


Weekly flights by hub / focus city :

From Helsinki (EFHK)
-> Amsterdam (EHAM)17 flights
-> Athens (LGAV)1 flight
-> Barcelona (LEBL)4 flights
-> Berlin (EDDT)12 flights
-> Brussels (EBBR)14 flights
-> Budapest (LHBP)1 flight
-> Cologne (EDDK)5 flights
-> Copenhagen (EKCH)76 flights
-> Dubrovnik (LDDU)2 flights
-> Duesseldorf (EDDL)2 flights
-> Edinburgh (EGPH)4 flights
-> Frankfurt (EDDF)12 flights
-> Geneva (LSGG)6 flights
-> Gothenborg (ESGG)13 flights
-> Ivalo (EFIV)2 flights
-> Kittilä (EFKT)9 flights
-> Kuopio (EFKU)32 flights
-> Kuusamo (EFKS)4 flights
-> Liege (EBLG)6 flights
-> London (EGLL)26 flights
-> Manchester (EGCC)3 flights
-> Milano (LIMC)4 flights
-> Mulhouse (LFSB)6 flights
-> Munich (EDDM)7 flights
-> Nice (LFMN)3 flights
-> Oslo (ENGM)22 flights
-> Oulu (EFOU)48 flights
-> Paris (LFPG)17 flights
-> Riga (EVRA)12 flights
-> Rome (LIRF)2 flights
-> Rovaniemi (EFRO)6 flights
-> Split (LDSP)1 flight
-> Stockholm (ESSA)62 flights
-> Stuttgart (EDDS)2 flights
-> Tallinn (EETN)12 flights
-> Vaasa (EFVA)30 flights
-> Vienna (LOWW)12 flights
-> Warsaw (EPWA)7 flights
-> Zurich (LSZH)13 flights
From Stockholm (ESSA)
-> Amsterdam (EHAM)5 flights
-> Birmingham (EGBB)1 flight
-> Duesseldorf (EDDL)5 flights
-> Edinburgh (EGPH)1 flight
-> Geneva (LSGG)1 flight
-> Gothenborg (ESGG)4 flights
-> Manchester (EGCC)2 flights
-> Oulu (EFOU)5 flights
-> Prague (LKPR)1 flight
-> Tampere (EFTP)12 flights
-> Trondheim (ENVA)1 flight
-> Turku (EFTU)11 flights
-> Vaasa (EFVA)1 flight
-> Zurich (LSZH)6 flights
From Copenhagen (EKCH)
-> Amsterdam (EHAM)12 flights
-> Dublin (EIDW)7 flights
-> Geneva (LSGG)2 flights
-> Ivalo (EFIV)2 flights
-> Kittilä (EFKT)2 flights
-> Lappeenranta (EFLP)4 flights
-> Oulu (EFOU)7 flights
-> Tampere (EFTP)6 flights
-> Vaasa (EFVA)7 flights
-> Zurich (LSZH)1 flight


 

Virtual Blue1 Destination Guide



Helsinki (Finland)
Airport : Helsinki-Vantaa (EFHK/HEL)

Helsinki Vantaa airport is the main hub of Virtual Blue1.
Helsinki is the capital of Finland. Founded in 1550, the `Daughter of the Baltic` has been the Finnish capital since 1812, when it was rebuilt by the tsars of Russia along the lines of a miniature St. Petersburg, a role it has played in many a Cold War movie. Today, Helsinki pulls off the trick of being something of an international metropolis while still retaining a small-town feel.
Helsinki`s current population is about 595,000, but the Greater Helsinki region including the neighboring suburban cities of Espoo and Vantaa has a population of over 1.3 million.

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Stockholm (Sweden)
Airport : Arlanda (ESSA/ARN)

Stockholm is a focus city for Virtual Blue1.
Stockholm is the capital and largest city of Sweden. The city is made up of 14 islands connected by some 50 bridges on Lake Mälaren, which flows into the brackish Baltic Sea, and passes the Stockholm archipelago with some 24,000 islands and islets.
The city is a lively, cosmopolitan place with both modern Scandinavian architecture consisting of ample amounts of brass and steel, alongside fairytale towers, a captivating Old Town (Gamla Stan) and an abundance of green space. Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways and another 30% is made up of parks and green spaces, giving Stockholm perhaps the freshest air of any European capital.

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Copenhagen (Denmark)
Airport : Kastrup (EKCH/CPH)

Copenhagen is another focus city of Virtual Blue1.
Copenhagen (Danish: København) is the capital of Denmark and what a million Danes call home. This `friendly old girl of a town` is big enough to be a metropolis with shopping, culture and nightlife par excellence, yet still small enough to be intimate, safe and easy to navigate. Overlooking the Øresund strait with Sweden just minutes away, it is a cultural and geographic link between mainland Europe and Scandinavia. This is where old fairy tales blend with flashy new architecture and world-class design; where warm jazz mixes with cold electronica from Copenhagen`s basements. You`ll feel you`ve seen it all in a day, but could keep on discovering more for months.

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Oslo (Norway)
Airport : Gardermoen (ENGM/OSL)

Oslo is the capital and largest city of Norway, and the third largest city of Scandinavia. In 2010 it was ranked as the world`s most expensive city to live in by the Swiss wealth management company UBS AG.
The history of the city can be traced back over 1,000 years. Oslo was founded in 1048, by the king Harald Hardråde.

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Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Airport : Schiphol (EHAM/AMS)

Connections : Helsinki (945 NM), Stockholm (715 NM), Copenhagen (393 NM)
Aircraft : B712, CRJ7, RJ85

Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. Its principal language is Dutch. The city`s status as the capital of the nation is governed by the constitution. Amsterdam has a population of 820256 within city limits, an urban population of 1209419 and a metropolitan population of 2289762. The city is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. It comprises the northern part of the Randstad, one of the larger conurbations in Europe, with a population of approximately 7 million.
Amsterdam`s name is derived from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city`s origin: a dam in the river Amstel. Settled as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading center for finance and diamonds. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the city expanded, and many new neighborhoods and suburbs were formed. The 17th-century canals of Amsterdam (in Dutch: Grachtengordel), located in the heart of Amsterdam, were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2010.
As the commercial capital of the Netherlands and one of the top financial centres in Europe, Amsterdam is considered an alpha world city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) study group. The city is also the cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and 7 of the world`s top 500 companies, including Philips and ING, are based in the city. In 2010, Amsterdam was ranked 13th globally on quality of living by Mercer, and previously ranked 3rd in innovation by 2thinknow in the Innovation Cities Index 2009.

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Athens (Greece)
Airport : Eleftherios Venizelos Intl (LGAV/ATH)

Connections : Helsinki (1546 NM)
Aircraft : CRJ7

Athens (Greek: Athína), is the capital city of Greece with a metropolitan population of 3.7 million inhabitants. It is in many ways the birthplace of Classical Greece, and therefore of Western civilization. The sprawling city is bounded on three sides by Mt Ymettos, Mt Parnitha and Mt Pendeli; whilst inside Athens are twelve hills [the seven historical are: Acropolis, Areopagus, Hill of Philopappus, Observatory Hill (Muses Hill), Pnyx, Lycabettus, Tourkovounia (Anchesmus)], the Acropolis and Lykavittos being the most prominent. These hills provide a refuge from the noise and commotion of the crowded city streets, offering amazing views down to Saronic Gulf, Athens` boundary with the Aegean Sea on its southern side.

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Barcelona (Spain)
Airport : Barcelona (LEBL/BCN)

Connections : Helsinki (1632 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain, and the second largest city in the country, with a population of 1,620,943 within its administrative limits. The urban area of Barcelona extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 4.5 million, being the sixth-most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, the Ruhr, Madrid and Milan. About five million people live in the Barcelona metropolitan area. It is also the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea. It is located on the Mediterranean coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs and is bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola ridge (512 metres (1,680 ft)).
Founded as a Roman city, Barcelona became the capital of the County of Barcelona. After merging with the Kingdom of Aragon, Barcelona continued to be an important city in the Crown of Aragon. Besieged several times during its history, Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean is located in Barcelona. The city is known for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as world-class conferences and expositions and also many international sport tournaments.
Barcelona is today one of the world`s leading tourist, economic, trade fair/exhibitions and cultural-sports centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world`s major global cities. It is a major cultural and economic centre in southwestern Europe (Iberian Peninsula), 24th in the world (after Zürich, before Frankfurt) and a financial centre (Diagonal Mar and Gran Via). In 2008 it was the fourth most economically powerful city by GDP in the European Union and 35th in the world with GDP amounting to €177 billion. In 2012 Barcelona had a GDP of $171.0 billion; it is lagging Spain on both employment and GDP per capita change. In 2009 the city was ranked Europe`s third and one of the world`s most successful as a city brand. In the same year the city was ranked Europe`s fourth best city for business and fastest improving European city, with growth improved by 17% per year, but it has since been in a full recession with declines in both employment and GDP per capita, with some recent signs of the beginning of an economic recovery. Barcelona is a transport hub with one of Europe`s principal seaports, an international airport which handles above 35 million passengers per year, an extensive motorway network and a high-speed rail line with a planned link to France and the rest of Europe.

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Berlin (Germany)
Airport : Tegel (EDDT/TXL)

Connections : Helsinki (695 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Berlin is the capital city of Germany and one of the 16 states of Germany. With a population of 3.5 million people, Berlin is Germany`s largest city and is the second most populous city proper and the seventh most populous urban area in the European Union. Located in northeastern Germany on the River Spree, it is the center of the Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan Region, which has about 4.5 million residents from over 180 nations. Due to its location in the European Plain, Berlin is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. Around one third of the city`s area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers and lakes.
First documented in the 13th century, Berlin was the capital of the Kingdom of Prussia (1701–1918), the German Empire (1871–1918), the Weimar Republic (1919–33) and the Third Reich (1933–45). Berlin in the 1920s was the third largest municipality in the world. After World War II, the city became divided into East Berlin—capital of East Germany—and West Berlin, an exclave (surrounded by the Berlin Wall from 1961–89) and federal state of the Federal Republic of Germany. Following German reunification in 1990, the city regained its status as the capital of Germany, hosting 147 foreign embassies.
Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media, and science. Its economy is primarily based on high-tech industries and the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, research facilities, media corporations, and convention venues. Berlin also serves as a continental hub for air and rail transport and is a popular tourist destination. Significant industries include IT, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, electronics, traffic engineering, and renewable energy.
Berlin is home to renowned universities, research institutes, orchestras, museums, and celebrities and is host to many sporting events. Its urban setting and historical legacy have made it a popular location for international film productions. The city is well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts, public transportation networks, and a high quality of living.

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Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Airport : Birmingham (EGBB/BHX)

Connections : Stockholm (901 NM)
Aircraft : CRJ7

Birmingham is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. It is the most populous British city outside the capital London with 1,074,300 residents (2011 census), an increase of 96,000 over the previous decade. The city lies within the West Midlands conurbation, the third most populous urban area in the United Kingdom. It`s metropolitan area is the United Kingdom`s second most populous with 3,683,000 residents.
Today Birmingham is a major international commercial centre, ranked as a beta-world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network; and an important transport, retail, events and conference hub. With a GDP of $90bn (2008 estimate, PPP), the economy of the urban area is the second largest in the UK and the 72nd largest in the world. Birmingham`s six universities make it the largest centre of higher education in the United Kingdom outside London, and it`s major cultural institutions, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, enjoy international reputations. The Big City Plan is a large redevelopment plan currently underway in the city centre with the aim of making Birmingham one of the top 20 most liveable cities in the world within 20 years.

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Brussels (Belgium)
Airport : Brussels Natl (EBBR/BRU)

Connections : Helsinki (1023 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Brussels, officially the Brussels Region or Brussels-Capital Region (French: Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Dutch: Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest), is the capital of Belgium and the de facto capital of the European Union (EU). It is also the largest urban area in Belgium, comprising 19 municipalities, including the municipality of the City of Brussels, which is the de jure capital of Belgium, in addition to the seat of the French Community of Belgium and of the Flemish Community.
Brussels has grown from a 10th-century fortress town founded by a descendant of Charlemagne to a sizeable city. The city has a population of 1.2 million and a metropolitan area with a population of over 1.8 million, both of them the largest in Belgium. Since the end of the Second World War, Brussels has been a main centre for international politics. Hosting principal EU institutions and the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the city has become the polyglot home of numerous international organisations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants.
Historically Dutch-speaking, Brussels has seen a major shift to French since Belgian independence in 1830. Today the city is officially bilingual. All road signs, street names, and many adverts and services are shown in both languages. Linguistic tensions remain and the language laws regarding some municipalities surrounding Brussels are an issue of considerable controversy in Belgium.

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Budapest (Hungary)
Airport : Ferihegy (LHBP/BUD)

Connections : Helsinki (918 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. With a unique, youthful atmosphere, world-class classical music scene as well as a pulsating nightlife increasingly appreciated among European youth, and last but not least, an exceptional offer of natural thermal baths, Budapest is one of Europe`s most delightful and enjoyable cities. Due to the exceedingly scenic setting, and its architecture it is nicknamed `Paris of the East`. The local pronunciation can be approximated by `boo-dah-pesht`. In 1987 Budapest was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List for the cultural and architectural significance of the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue.

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Cologne (Germany)
Airport : Koln Bonn (EDDK/CGN)

Connections : Helsinki (948 NM)
Aircraft : RJ1H

Cologne is Germany`s fourth-largest city (after Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich), and is the largest city both in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants.
Cologne is located on both sides of the Rhine River. The city`s famous Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne. The University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln) is one of Europe`s oldest and largest universities.
Cologne is a major cultural center of the Rhineland; it is home to more than thirty museums and hundreds of galleries. Exhibitions range from local ancient Roman archeological sites to contemporary graphics and sculpture. The Cologne Trade Fair hosts a number of trade shows such as Art Cologne, imm Cologne, Gamescom, and the Photokina.

Bonn, officially the Federal City of Bonn, is a city on the banks of the Rhine River in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The city is the second official residence of the President of Germany, the Chancellor of Germany, the Bundesrat (upper house), and the first official seat of six German federal ministries and approximately 20 federal authorities. Bonn is located in the very south of the Rhine-Ruhr region, the largest metropolitan area of Germany. It is the seat of two major DAX-listed German corporations.
Being a hub for international cooperation, the city currently hosts 18 United Nations institutions. Simultaneously, Bonn is establishing itself as a national and international centre of meetings, conventions and conferences, many of which are directly related to the work of the United Nations.
The city is home to the University of Bonn, one of Germany`s most reputable institutions of higher learning. Bonn is the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven (born 1770).

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Dublin (Ireland)
Airport : Dublin (EIDW/DUB)

Connections : Copenhagen (771 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Dublin (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath, meaning town of the hurdled ford) is the capital and most populous city of Ireland. The English name for the city is derived from the Irish name Dubhlinn, meaning black pool. Dublin is situated near the midpoint of Ireland`s east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and the centre of the Dublin Region.
Originally founded as a Viking settlement, it evolved into the Kingdom of Dublin and became the island`s principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century; it was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire and the fifth largest in Europe. Dublin entered a period of stagnation following the Act of Union of 1800, but it remained the economic centre for most of the island. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, the new parliament, the Oireachtas, was located in Leinster House. Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State and later the Republic of Ireland.

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Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Airport : Dubrovnik (LDDU/DBV)

Connections : Helsinki (1258 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Dubrovnik is an old city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Croatia. It is one of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean, a seaport and the centre of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Its population is about 43,000 in 2011. Dubrovnik is nicknamed `Pearl of the Adriatic` and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.

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Duesseldorf (Germany)
Airport : Dusseldorf (EDDL/DUS)

Connections : Stockholm (722 NM), Helsinki (936 NM)
Aircraft : B712, CRJ7

Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and centre of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region with 1.5 million people. Düsseldorf is an international business and financial centre and renowned for its fashion and trade fairs. Located within the Blue Banana, the city is headquarters to five Fortune Global 500 and several DAX companies. Messe Düsseldorf claims to organise nearly one fifth of all world‘s premier trade shows.
Culturally, Düsseldorf is known for its academy of fine arts (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, e.g. Joseph Beuys, Emanuel Leutze, August Macke, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Andreas Gursky), its pioneering influence on electronic/experimental music (Kraftwerk) and its relatively large Japanese community. As a city by the river Rhine, Düsseldorf is a stronghold for Rhenish Carnival celebrations. Every year in July more than 4.5 million people visit the city`s Largest Fair on the Rhine funfair.
As the seventh most populous city in Germany by population within city limits and a Larger Urban Zone population of 1.5 million, Mercer`s 2012 Quality of Living survey ranked Düsseldorf sixth city in the world.

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Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Airport : Edinburgh (EGPH/EDI)

Connections : Helsinki (1067 NM), Stockholm (820 NM)
Aircraft : B712, CRJ7

Edinburgh (Gaelic: Dùn Èideann) is the capital of Scotland located in the Central Belt region of the country. With a population of approximately 450,000 (1 million in the city region), `Auld Reekie` (Edinburgh) manages to combine both ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere. Watched over by the imposing castle, the symbol of the city, Edinburgh combines medieval relics, Georgian grandeur and a powerful layer of modern life with contemporary avant-garde. In Edinburgh, medieval palaces rub shoulders with the best of modern architecture, Gothic churches with amazing museums and galleries. Scotland`s throbbing night-life centre, Edinburgh, `the Athens of the North`, is also a feast for the mind and the senses, playing host to great restaurants, shops and an unequaled programme of city festivals throughout the year.

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Frankfurt (Germany)
Airport : Frankfurt Main (EDDF/FRA)

Connections : Helsinki (956 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Frankfurt am Main, commonly known as Frankfurt, is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany, with a 2012 population of 704,449. The urban area had an estimated population of 2,300,000 in 2010. The city is at the centre of the larger Frankfurt Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region which has a population of 5,600,000 and is Germany`s second-largest metropolitan region. Since the enlargement of the European Union in 2013, the geographic centre of the EU is about 40 kilometres east of Frankfurt.
Frankfurt is the largest financial centre in continental Europe and ranks among the world`s leading financial centres. It is home to the European Central Bank, Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt Stock Exchange and several large commercial banks. The European Central Bank is the central bank of the eurozone, consisting of 17 EU member states that have adopted the euro (€) as their common currency and sole legal tender. The Deutsche Bundesbank is the central bank of Germany and as such part of the European System of Central Banks. The Frankfurt Stock Exchange is one of the world`s largest stock exchanges by market capitalization and accounts for over 90 percent of the turnover in the German market. In 2010, 63 national and 152 international banks had their registered offices in Frankfurt, including the headquarters of the major German banks, notably Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, DZ Bank and KfW, as well as 41 representative offices of international banks.
Due to its central location within Germany and Europe, Frankfurt is a major air, rail and highway transport hub. Frankfurt Airport is one of the world`s busiest international airports by passenger traffic and the main hub for Germany`s flag carrier Lufthansa, the largest airline in Europe. Frankfurt Central Station is one of the largest terminal stations in Europe and the busiest junction operated by Deutsche Bahn, the German national railway company, with 342 daily trains to domestic and European destinations. Frankfurter Kreuz, the Autobahn interchange close to the airport, is the most heavily used interchange in the EU with approximately 320,000 cars daily.
In 2011, the human-resource-consulting firm Mercer ranked Frankfurt as seventh in its annual `Quality of Living` survey of cities around the world. According to The Economist cost of living survey, Frankfurt is Germany`s most expensive city, and the 10th most expensive in the world.
A unique feature of Frankfurt is its significant number of skyscrapers and high-rise buildings in the city center which form the Frankfurt skyline. Frankfurt is one of only a few cities in the European Union that have such a skyline, the others being London, Milan, Warsaw, Madrid, Rotterdam and La Défense in the outer Paris region. Because of the city`s skyline, Germans sometimes refer to Frankfurt as `Mainhattan`, a portmanteau of the local Main River and Manhattan.

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Geneva (Switzerland)
Airport : Geneva Cointrin (LSGG/GVA)

Connections : Helsinki (1236 NM), Copenhagen (707 NM), Stockholm (1045 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Geneva (French: Genève) is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zurich) and is the most populous city of Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Situated where the Rhone exits Lake Geneva, it is the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva. The municipality (ville de Genève) has a population (as of June 2012) of 192,385, and the canton (République et Canton de Genève, which includes the city) has 468,194 residents. In 2007, the urban area, or agglomération franco-valdo-genevoise (Great Geneva or Grand Genève in French) had 1,240,000 inhabitants in 189 municipalities in both Switzerland and France. The economic area `Great Geneva-Bern area` has 2.9 million inhabitants.

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Gothenborg (Sweden)
Airport : Landvetter (ESGG/GOT)

Connections : Helsinki (486 NM), Stockholm (244 NM)
Aircraft : B712, RJ85

Gothenburg (Swedish: Göteborg) is the second largest city in Sweden by population and the fifth-largest in the Nordic countries. Situated on the west coast of Sweden, the city proper has a population of 526054, with 549839 in the urban area and total of 945713 inhabitants in the metropolitan area. Gothenburg is classified as a global city by GaWC, with a ranking of Gamma.
The City of Gothenburg was founded in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus. It lies by the sea at the mouth of Göta Älv—the river running through the city—and is the largest seaport in the Nordic countries. Gothenburg is home to many students, as the city includes both the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. Volvo was founded in Gothenburg in 1927. The city is a major centre in Sweden for sports and home to the IFK Göteborg, BK Häcken, GAIS and Örgryte IS association football teams as well as the Frölunda HC ice hockey team.

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Ivalo (Finland)
Airport : Ivalo (EFIV/IVL)

Connections : Helsinki (577 NM), Copenhagen (1010 NM)
Aircraft : B712, RJ85

Ivalo (Sami: Avvil) is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20 kilometres south of Lake Inari. It has a population of around 4000 and a small airport. 30 kilometres south of Ivalo is a very popular resort named Saariselkä. Many tourists visit this place every year for winter sports (downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, husky and reindeer sledge riding) and for summer activities (trekking and hiking in the Saariselkä fjells, canoeing in Lapland`s rivers, mountain biking, panning for gold, fishing, etc.).

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Kittilä (Finland)
Airport : Kittilä (EFKT/KTT)

Connections : Helsinki (510 NM), Copenhagen (921 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Kittilä (Inari Sami: Kittâl, Northern Sami: Gihttel) is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort. It is located in the province of Lapland, Finland. The municipality has a population of 6,315 (30 September 2012) and covers an area of 8,262.67 square kilometres (3,190.23 sq mi) of which 168.71 km2 (65.14 sq mi) is water. The population density is 0.78 inhabitants per square kilometre (2.0 /sq mi).
The famous ski resort Levi is situated in Kittilä. It is a perfect place both for downhill and cross-country skiing.

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Kuopio (Finland)
Airport : Kuopio (EFKU/KUO)

Connections : Helsinki (207 NM)
Aircraft : AT75

Kuopio is one of the many Finnish towns founded under Swedish rule. The town was established as a village in the 1500s and incorporated as a City in 1782. Kuopio is surrounded by lakes from three sides, which supplies loads of beaches and the feeling of water being always close. Part of the wooden houses arranged as a grid have been preserved in the centre which makes it a nice place to visit. Kuopio has a population of around 90,000.

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Kuusamo (Finland)
Airport : Kuusamo (EFKS/KAO)

Connections : Helsinki (413 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. It is located in the Northern Ostrobothnia region. The municipality has a population of 16,177 (30 September 2012) and covers an area of 5,808.92 square kilometres (2,242.84 sq mi) of which 830.81 km2 (320.78 sq mi) is water. The population density is 3.25 inhabitants per square kilometre (8.4 /sq mi).The municipality is unilingually Finnish.
Kuusamo is a major center for winter sports and receives approximately a million tourists every year. One of the largest ski resorts in Finland, Ruka, is situated in Kuusamo. Ruka is also the host of many international competitions in ski jumping, cross country skiing and Nordic combined. The 2005 World Championships of Freestyle Skiing was held in Kuusamo. Kuusamo Airport is located 6 kilometres (4 mi) north-east from Kuusamo town centre.

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Lappeenranta (Finland)
Airport : Lappeenranta (EFLP/LPP)

Connections : Copenhagen (672 NM)
Aircraft : B712

City of Lappeenranta (population 70,000) is the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland situated near the border of Russia and at the southern edge of the Saimaa, the largest lake (system) of Finland. Its culture and dialects are strongly part of Eastern Finland, although it administratively belongs to the Province of Southern Finland. Lappeenranta has a colourful, 360-year history influenced by its location in the border dividing western and eastern cultures

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Liege (Belgium)
Airport : Liege (EBLG/LGG)

Connections : Helsinki (1008 NM)
Aircraft : RJ1H

Liège is a major city and municipality of Belgium located in the province of Liège, of which it is the economic capital, in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium.
The city is situated in the valley of the Meuse River, near Belgium`s eastern borders with the Netherlands and Germany, where the Meuse meets the river Ourthe. It is in the former sillon industriel, the industrial backbone of Wallonia. The Liège municipality includes the former communes of Angleur, Bressoux, Chênée, Glain, Grivegnée, Jupille-sur-Meuse, Rocourt, and Wandre.
The city is the principal economic and cultural centre of Wallonia. As of November 2012, Liège has 198,280 inhabitants. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 1,879 km2 (725 sq mi) and has a total population of 749,110 as of 1 January 2008. This includes a total of 52 municipalities, among others, Herstal and Seraing. Liège ranks as the third most populous urban area in Belgium, after Brussels and Antwerp, and the fourth municipality after Antwerp, Ghent and Charleroi.

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London (United Kingdom)
Airport : Heathrow (EGLL/LHR)

Connections : Helsinki (1147 NM)
Aircraft : B712

London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. With an estimated 8,308,369 residents in 2012, London is the most populous region, urban zone and metropolitan area in the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans, who named it Londinium. London`s ancient core, the City of London, largely retains its 1.12-square-mile (2.9 km2) mediaeval boundaries. With its population of 7,375 in 2011, it is the smallest city in England. Since at least the 19th century, the term London has also referred to the metropolis developed around this core. The bulk of this conurbation forms the London region and the Greater London administrative area, governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.
London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. It is one of the world`s leading financial centres and has the fifth- or sixth-largest metropolitan area GDP in the world depending on measurement. London is a world cultural capital. It is the world`s most-visited city as measured by international arrivals and has the world`s largest city airport system measured by passenger traffic. London`s 43 universities form the largest concentration of higher education in Europe. In 2012, London became the first city to host the modern Summer Olympic Games three times.

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Manchester (United Kingdom)
Airport : Manchester (EGCC/MAN)

Connections : Stockholm (879 NM), Helsinki (1125 NM)
Aircraft : B712, RJ1H

Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England, with an estimated population of 512,000. Manchester lies within the Greater Manchester Urban Area, the United Kingdom`s second largest urban area, which has a population of 2,553,379. The local authority is Manchester City Council. Its metropolitan area is the United Kingdom`s third most populous with 2,556,000 residents. Manchester is situated in the south-central part of North West England, fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south and the Pennines to the north and east. Inhabitants of Manchester are referred to as Mancunians.
Today Manchester is ranked as a beta world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network; The city is notable for its architecture, culture, music scene, media links, scientific and engineering output, social impact and sporting connections. Sports clubs which bear the city name include Premier League football teams, Manchester City and Manchester United. Manchester was the site of the world`s first railway station, and the place where scientists first split the atom and developed the first stored-programme computer. Manchester is served by two universities, including the largest single-site university in the UK, and has the country`s third largest urban economy. Manchester is also the third-most visited city in the UK by foreign visitors, after London and Edinburgh, and the most visited in England outside London.

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Milano (Italy)
Airport : Malpensa (LIMC/MXP)

Connections : Helsinki (1211 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Milan is the second-most populous city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy. The city proper has a population of about 1.3 million, while its urban area is the 5th largest in the EU with an estimated population of about 5,248,000. The massive suburban sprawl that followed the post-war boom of the 1950s–60s and the growth of a vast commuter belt, suggest that socioeconomic linkages have expanded well beyond the boundaries of its administrative limits and its agglomeration, creating a metropolitan region of 7-9 million people, stretching over the provinces of Milan, Bergamo, Como, Lecco, Lodi, Monza and Brianza, Pavia, Varese and Novara. It has been suggested that the Milan metropolitan region is part of the so-called Blue Banana, the area of Europe with the highest population and industrial density.
Milan was founded by the Insubres, a Celtic people. The city was later conquered by the Romans, becoming the capital of the Western Roman Empire. During the Middle Ages, Milan flourished as a commercial and banking center. In the course of centuries, it has been alternatively dominated by France, Habsburg Spain, and Austria, until when in 1859 the city was eventually annexed by the new Kingdom of Italy. During the early 1900s, Milan led the industrialization process of the young nation, being at the very center of the economic, social and political debate. Badly affected by the World War II devastations, and after a harsh Nazi occupation, the city became the main centre of the Italian Resistance. In post-war years, the city enjoyed a prolonged economic boom, attracting large flows of immigrants from rural Southern Italy. During the last decades, Milan has seen a dramatic rise in the number of international migrants, and today more than one sixth of its population is foreign born.
Milan is the main industrial, commercial and financial centre of Italy and a leading global city. Its business district hosts the Borsa Italiana (Italy`s main stock exchange) and the headquarters of the largest national banks and companies. The city is a major world fashion and design capital. Thanks to its important museums, theatres and landmarks (including the Milan Cathedral, the fifth largest cathedral in the world, and Santa Maria delle Grazie, decorated with Leonardo da Vinci paintings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) Milan attracts more than two million annual visitors. It hosts numerous cultural institutions and universities, with 185,000 enrolled students in 2011, i.e. 11 percent of the national total. The city is also well known for several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair, the largest of its kind in the world, and will host the 2015 Universal Exposition. Milan is home to two of the world`s major football teams, A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano.

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Mulhouse (France)
Airport : Bale Mulhouse (LFSB/MLH)

Connections : Helsinki (1122 NM)
Aircraft : RJ1H

Basel is Switzerland`s third most populous city (behind Zürich and Geneva) with about 166,000 inhabitants. Located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, Basel also has suburbs in France and Germany. In 2011, the Basel agglomeration was the third largest in Switzerland with a population of 500,600 in 74 municipalities in Switzerland and an additional 53 in neighboring countries (municipal count as of 2000). The tri-national metropolitan area has around 830,000 inhabitants in 226 municipalities.
Located in northwest Switzerland on the river Rhine, Basel functions as a major industrial centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. The Basel region, culturally extending into German Baden-Württemberg and French Alsace, reflects the heritage of its three states in the modern Latin name: `Regio TriRhena`. It has the oldest university of the Swiss Confederation (1460). Basel is German-speaking. The local variant of the Swiss German dialects is called Basel German.

Mulhouse is a city and commune in eastern France, close to the Swiss and German borders. With a population of 110,514 and 278,206 inhabitants in the metropolitan area in 2006, it is the largest city in the Haut-Rhin département, and the second largest in the Alsace region after Strasbourg. Mulhouse is the principal commune of the 32 making up the Communauté d`agglomération Mulhouse Alsace Agglomération (M2A, population 252,000).
Mulhouse is famous for its museums, especially the Cité de l`Automobile (also known as `Musée national de l`automobile`) and the Musée Français du Chemin de Fer (also known as `Cité du train`), respectively the largest automobile and railway museums in Europe. An industrial town nicknamed `the French Manchester`, Mulhouse is also the main seat of the Upper Alsace University, where the secretariat of the European Physical Society can be found.

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Munich (Germany)
Airport : Franz Josef Strauss (EDDM/MUC)

Connections : Helsinki (978 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria. It is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, behind Berlin and Hamburg. About 1.5 million people live within the city limits. Its inhabitants are sometimes called Munichers in English.
Its native name, München, is derived from the Old High German Munichen, meaning `by the monks` place`. The city`s name derives from the monks of the Benedictine order who founded the city; hence the monk depicted on the city`s coat of arms. Black and gold—the colours of the Holy Roman Empire—have been the city`s official colours since the time of Ludwig the Bavarian. Munich was first mentioned in 1158. From 1255 the city was seat of the Bavarian Dukes, it was an imperial residence from 1328 and in 1506 became the sole capital of Bavaria. Munich was the host city of the 1972 Summer Olympics. Munich is home to many national and international authorities and major universities, major museums and theaters. Its numerous architectural attractions, international sports events, exhibitions and conferences and the Munich Oktoberfest combine to attract considerable tourism. The city`s motto is `München mag dich` (Munich loves you). Before 2006, it was `Weltstadt mit Herz` (Cosmopolitan city with a heart).
Modern Munich is a financial and publishing hub, and a frequently top-ranked destination for migration and expatriate location in livability rankings. Munich achieved 4th place in frequently quoted Mercer livability rankings in 2011 and 2012. Munich is one of the economically most successful and fastest growing cities in Germany and the seat of numerous corporations and insurance companies. For economic and social innovation, the city was ranked 15th globally out of 289 cities in 2010, and 5th in Germany by the 2thinknow Innovation Cities Index based on analysis of 162 indicators. In 2010, Monocle ranked Munich as the world`s most livable city (in 2012, Munich was ranked fifth in Monocle`s ranking, yet remained the highest ranked city in Germany).

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Nice (France)
Airport : Cote D Azur (LFMN/NCE)

Connections : Helsinki (1366 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Nice (pronounced like the English word `niece`) is a large city in France on the French Riviera. It`s a popular destination for vacationers both young and old, with something to offer nearly everyone. It is well known for the beautiful view on the Promenade des Anglais, its famous waterfront, and is an ethnically diverse port city.

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Oulu (Finland)
Airport : Oulu (EFOU/OUL)

Connections : Helsinki (318 NM), Copenhagen (773 NM), Stockholm (435 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Oulu (Swedish: Uleåborg) is a city of close to 142,000 inhabitants in Oulu province, northern Finland. On 01.01.2009, the municipality of Ylikiiminki was consolidated with the city of Oulu, increasing Oulu`s land mass nearly quadruple-fold. As one of the results of the merger, Oulu is now officially an area where one might encounter reindeer.

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Paris (France)
Airport : Charles De Gaulle (LFPG/CDG)

Connections : Helsinki (1177 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Paris (French: pari) is the capital and largest city of France. It is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. The city of Paris, within its administrative limits (the 20 arrondissements), has a population of about 2,200,000. Its metropolitan area is one of the largest population centres in Europe, with more than 12 million inhabitants.
An important settlement for more than two millennia, Paris had become, by the 12th century, one of Europe`s foremost centres of learning and the arts and the largest city in the Western world until the 18th century. Paris is today one of the world`s leading business and cultural centres and its influences in politics, education, entertainment, media, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world`s major global cities.

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Prague (Czech Republic)
Airport : Ruzyne (LKPR/PRG)

Connections : Stockholm (675 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Prague (Czech: Praha) is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is the fourteenth-largest city in the European Union. It is also the historical capital of Bohemia proper. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava river, the city is home to about 1.3 million people, while its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of nearly 2 million. The city has a temperate oceanic climate, with warm summers and chilly winters.

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Riga (Latvia)
Airport : Riga Intl (EVRA/RIX)

Connections : Helsinki (237 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Riga (Latvian: Riga) is the capital and largest city of Latvia. With 696,618 inhabitants (January 2013), Riga is the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia`s population. The city is an important seaport and a major industrial, commercial, cultural and financial centre of the Baltic Sea region. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava. Riga`s territory covers 307.17 km2 (118.60 sq mi) and lies between 1 and 10 metres (3.3 and 33 ft) above sea level, on a flat and sandy plain.
Riga was founded in 1201 and is a former Hanseatic League member. Riga`s historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture and 19th century wooden architecture. The city is the European Capital of Culture in 2014, along with Umeå in Sweden. The city hosted the 2006 NATO Summit, the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 and the 2006 IIHF Men`s World Ice Hockey Championships. It is home to the European Union`s office of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). Riga is served by Riga International Airport, the largest airport in the Baltic states.
Riga is a member of Eurocities, the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC) and Union of Capitals of the European Union (UCEU).

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Rome (Italy)
Airport : Fiumicino (LIRF/FCO)

Connections : Helsinki (1387 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Rome (Italian: Roma; Latin: Roma) is a city and special comune (Roma Capitale) in Italy. Rome is the capital of Italy and the capital of Lazio (Latin: Latium). With 2.8 million residents in 1,285.3 km2 (496.3 sq mi), it is also the country`s largest and most populated comune and fourth-most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. Between 3.2 and 3.8 million people live in the Rome urban and metropolitan area. The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber River within the Lazio region of Italy. Rome is referred to as The Eternal City, a notion expressed by ancient Roman poets and writers.

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Rovaniemi (Finland)
Airport : Rovaniemi (EFRO/RVN)

Connections : Helsinki (432 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Rovaniemi (Inari Sami: Ruávinjargâ; Northern Sami: Roavenjárga and Roavvenjárga; Skolt Sami: Ruä´vnjargg) is a city and municipality of Finland. It is the administrative capital and commercial centre of Finland`s northernmost province, Lapland. It is situated about 10 kilometres (6 miles) south of the Arctic Circle and is between the hills of Ounasvaara and Korkalovaara, at the confluence of the river Kemijoki and its tributary, the Ounasjoki. The city and the surrounding Rovaniemen maalaiskunta (Rural municipality of Rovaniemi) were consolidated into a single entity on January 1, 2006. The new municipality has an area of 8,016.72 square kilometres (3,095.27 sq mi) and an approximate population of 61,000.

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Split (Croatia)
Airport : Split (LDSP/SPU)

Connections : Helsinki (1214 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Split is a city in Central Dalmatia, Croatia. The city was originally built around the Diocletian palace (a palace/fort built for the retired Roman emperor Diocletian) where the locals sought refuge centuries ago. Wandering the historic centre of Split you can still clearly see the Roman walls, squares, and temples.
Because of its ideal climate, with 2,800 hours of sunlight each year, local people have a few nicknames for Split: `The most beautiful city in the world` and `Mediterranean flower`. Many famous Croatian sports people are born in Split, so locals often nicknamed their city as `The sportiest city in the world`. The most popular sport institution is the football club Hajduk. The whole city is painted with the club`s colors and logo. This is done by Torcida, the oldest supporters group in Europe, established in 1950.

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Stuttgart (Sweden)
Airport : Stuttgart (EDDS/STR)

Connections : Helsinki (1016 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Stockholm is a focus city for Virtual Blue1.
Stockholm is the capital and largest city of Sweden. The city is made up of 14 islands connected by some 50 bridges on Lake Mälaren, which flows into the brackish Baltic Sea, and passes the Stockholm archipelago with some 24,000 islands and islets.
The city is a lively, cosmopolitan place with both modern Scandinavian architecture consisting of ample amounts of brass and steel, alongside fairytale towers, a captivating Old Town (Gamla Stan) and an abundance of green space. Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways and another 30% is made up of parks and green spaces, giving Stockholm perhaps the freshest air of any European capital.

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Tallinn (Estonia)
Airport : Tallinn-ulemiste International (EETN/TLL)

Connections : Helsinki (62 NM)
Aircraft : AT75

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia.
Tallinn occupies an area of 159.2 km2 (61.5 sq mi) and has a population of 430,184. It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, 80 km (50 mi) south of Helsinki, east of Stockholm and west of Saint Petersburg. Tallinn`s Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is ranked as a global city and has been listed among the top 10 digital cities in the world. The city was a European Capital of Culture for 2011, along with Turku in Finland.
The city was known as Reval from the 13th century until 1917 and again during the Nazi invasion of Estonia from 1941 to 1944.

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Tampere (Finland)
Airport : Tampere Pirkkala (EFTP/TMP)

Connections : Stockholm (228 NM), Copenhagen (561 NM)
Aircraft : B712, AT75

Tampere (Swedish, Tammerfors) is the third largest city in Finland with around 213,000 inhabitants and a metro population of nearly half a million. Being located 170km north of the Finnish coastal capital Helsinki, it is also the biggest inland town in the whole Nordic region. Geographically, the city lies on a narrow isthmus between Lake Näsijärvi, which reaches far to the north, and Lake Pyhäjärvi in the south. In addition, there are 200 lakes and ponds in Tampere, and a total of 450 in the entire region. Despite being predominantly a former heavy industry centre, today Tampere is a major hub for information technology, research, education, culture, sports and business. In 2010, the City of Tampere came in first in an image survey comparing the largest cities in Finland. Leaving Helsinki behind, it was also found the most attractive city among Finns who plan on moving.

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Trondheim (Norway)
Airport : Vaernes (ENVA/TRD)

Connections : Stockholm (349 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Trondheim, historically, Nidaros and Trondhjem, is a city and municipality in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. With a population of 179123, it is the third most populous municipality in Norway, although the fourth largest urban area. It is also the third largest city in the country, with a population of 170242 inhabitants within the city borders. The city functions as the administrative centre of Sør-Trøndelag county. Trondheim lies on the south shore of the Trondheimsfjord at the mouth of the river Nidelva. The city is dominated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), SINTEF, St. Olavs University Hospital and other technology-oriented institutions.
The settlement was founded in 997 as a trading post, and was the capital of Norway during the Viking Age until 1217. From 1152 to 1537, the city was the seat of the Archdiocese of Nidaros; since it has remained the seat of the Diocese of Nidaros and the Nidaros Cathedral. It was incorporated in 1838. The current municipality dates from 1964, when Trondheim merged with Byneset, Leinstrand, Strinda and Tiller.

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Turku (Finland)
Airport : Turku (EFTU/TKU)

Connections : Stockholm (161 NM)
Aircraft : AT75

Turku (Swedish, Åbo) is a city in the Southwest coast of Finland at the mouth of Aura River. It is within the region of Finland Proper in the Province of Western Finland. It is believed that Turku came into existence during the end of 13th century which makes it the oldest city in Finland.
Turku was for a long time the most important population center in Finland: it was the first capital city of Finland from 1809 to 1812 and continued to be the largest city by population in Finland until the end of the 1840s. Nowadays its significance nationwide is not the same as it used to be, but Turku is a regional capital and important location for business and culture in Northern Europe. Turku has approximately 175 000 inhabitants.

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Vaasa (Finland)
Airport : Vaasa (EFVA/VAA)

Connections : Helsinki (215 NM), Stockholm (267 NM), Copenhagen (604 NM)
Aircraft : B712, RJ85, AT75

Vaasa was an important place of governance when Finland was part of Sweden. It started in the 14th century when Korsholm castle was built near the village of Mustasaari. In 1606 the village of Mustasaari was granted city status and five years later it was renamed Wasa in honor of the Swedish royal lineage. The old names live on in the municipality that surrounds Vaasa as it is called Korsholm in Swedish and Mustasaari in Finnish. The old town of Vaasa burned to the ground in 1852, and when it was rebuilt it was relocated closer to the sea some six kilometers northwest from its original location.

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Vienna (Austria)
Airport : Schwechat (LOWW/VIE)

Connections : Helsinki (907 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria, and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria`s primary city, with a population of about 1.757 million (2.4 million within the metropolitan area, more than 20% of Austria`s population), and its cultural, economic, and political centre. It is the 7th-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union. Until the beginning of the 20th century it was the largest German-speaking city in the world, and before the splitting of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I the city had 2 million inhabitants. Today it is the second only to Berlin in German speakers. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC. The city lies in the east of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. These regions work together in a European Centrope border region. Along with nearby Bratislava, Vienna forms a metropolitan region with 3 million inhabitants. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Apart from being regarded as the City of Music because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be `The City of Dreams` because it was home to the world`s first psycho-analyst - Sigmund Freud. The city`s roots lie in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is well known for having played an essential role as a leading European Music Centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The Historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, and the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.
In a 2005 study of 127 world cities, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked the city first (in a tie with Vancouver, Canada) for the world`s most livable cities (in the 2012 survey of 140 cities Vienna was ranked number two, behind Melbourne). For four consecutive years (2009–2012), the human-resource-consulting firm Mercer ranked Vienna first in its annual `Quality of Living` survey of hundreds of cities around the world. Monocle`s 2012 `Quality of Life Survey` ranked Vienna fourth on a list of the top 25 cities in the world `to make a base within` (up from sixth in 2011 and eighth in 2010).
The city was ranked 1st globally for its culture of innovation in 2007 and 2008, and fifth globally (out of 256 cities) in the 2011 Innovation Cities Index, which analyzed 162 indicators in covering three areas: culture, infrastructure and markets. Vienna regularly hosts urban planning conferences and is often used as a case study by urban planners.
Each year since 2005, Vienna has been the world`s number one destination for international congresses and conventions. Vienna attracts about five million tourists a year.

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Warsaw (Austria)
Airport : Okecie (EPWA/WAW)

Connections : Helsinki (583 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria, and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria`s primary city, with a population of about 1.757 million (2.4 million within the metropolitan area, more than 20% of Austria`s population), and its cultural, economic, and political centre. It is the 7th-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union. Until the beginning of the 20th century it was the largest German-speaking city in the world, and before the splitting of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I the city had 2 million inhabitants. Today it is the second only to Berlin in German speakers. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC. The city lies in the east of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. These regions work together in a European Centrope border region. Along with nearby Bratislava, Vienna forms a metropolitan region with 3 million inhabitants. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Apart from being regarded as the City of Music because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be `The City of Dreams` because it was home to the world`s first psycho-analyst - Sigmund Freud. The city`s roots lie in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is well known for having played an essential role as a leading European Music Centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The Historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, and the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.
In a 2005 study of 127 world cities, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked the city first (in a tie with Vancouver, Canada) for the world`s most livable cities (in the 2012 survey of 140 cities Vienna was ranked number two, behind Melbourne). For four consecutive years (2009–2012), the human-resource-consulting firm Mercer ranked Vienna first in its annual `Quality of Living` survey of hundreds of cities around the world. Monocle`s 2012 `Quality of Life Survey` ranked Vienna fourth on a list of the top 25 cities in the world `to make a base within` (up from sixth in 2011 and eighth in 2010).
The city was ranked 1st globally for its culture of innovation in 2007 and 2008, and fifth globally (out of 256 cities) in the 2011 Innovation Cities Index, which analyzed 162 indicators in covering three areas: culture, infrastructure and markets. Vienna regularly hosts urban planning conferences and is often used as a case study by urban planners.
Each year since 2005, Vienna has been the world`s number one destination for international congresses and conventions. Vienna attracts about five million tourists a year.

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Zurich (Switzerland)
Airport : Zurich (LSZH/ZRH)

Connections : Helsinki (1104 NM), Copenhagen (590 NM), Stockholm (923 NM)
Aircraft : B712

Zurich (German: Zürich, Swiss German: Züri) is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zurich. It is located in north-central Switzerland at the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich. The municipality has approximately 390,000 inhabitants, and the Zurich metropolitan area 1.83 million. Zurich is a hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. Both Zurich Airport and railway station are the largest and busiest in the country.
Permanently settled for around 2000 years, the history of Zurich goes back to its founding by the Romans, who, in 15 BC, called it Turicum. However, early settlements have been found dating back more than 6400 years ago. During the Middle Ages Zurich gained the independent and privileged status of imperial immediacy and, in 1519, was the place of origin and centre of the Protestant Reformation in German-speaking Switzerland, led by Ulrich Zwingli.
Zurich is a leading global city and among the world`s largest financial centres. The city is home to a large number of financial institutions and banking giants. Also, most of the research and development centres are concentrated in Zurich and the low rate of tax attracts overseas companies to set up their headquarters there.

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