Espoo The Essential
To the west of Helsinki, in the immediate vicinity of the capital, Espoo has claimed the title of Finland's second city since 1972. The urban area grew up around several independent regional centres, each with the essential services, namely shops, banks, schools and medical facilities; most of the housing dates from the 1960s or even more recently. During your visit, don't miss the pretty murals on the Espon Keskus church.
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