Almost Helsinki: Hidden Hanasaari

Hanasaari, Hanaholmen in Swedish, is a beautiful little island with a conference center in between Espoo and Helsinki. It is the kind of place that you probably won’t visit unless you are, for example, a Finnish proctologist with a seminar to attend there. This is unfortunate, because it is a hidden treasure of architectural interest.

The conference center is the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Center. Contrary to popular believe, it is not a Finnish Swedish speaking center, but rather the fruit of co-operation between the countries of Finland and Sweden. There are lots of books about the Swedish royal family in the foyer… But more importantly, there is an interesting art collection. It is a beautiful place.

Sculpture at Hanaholmen

Sculpture at Hanaholmen

But one of the most lovely things I noticed was unintentional:

Colorful cycles at Hanaholmen

Colorful cycles at Hanaholmen

A rainbow of bicycles!