Presidentinlinna (President’s Palace)
Presidentinlinna (President’s Palace) (Pohjoisespl. 1, Keskusta/Kauppatori, Helsinki) – since Finland is a young country (having gotten its independence from Russia in 1917), this building was originally a salt storehouse when it was built during the early 19th century. It became a palace in 1845 (where members of Russia’s royal family later resided). The Russian Czar himself stayed there during his visits to Helsinki during the mid to late 1800s. After Finnish independence, it became the Presidential Palace – containing the Office of the President of the Republic and the premises used by the President for official functions and receptions. These include the annual Independence Day (6 December) reception and various other high-level festive functions, in addition to meetings and consultations. The Palace has nearly 3,000 square meters of floor space.
For the time being, tours are not possible, since portions of the Palace are going through repairs. Tourists can check the President’s website for an update on its status: https://www.president.fi/public/default.aspx?nodeid=44831