Helsinki 2013, p. 2
Helsinki’s old grid plan center lies along the north coast of the Gulf of Finland, on rocky headlands and islands. Since the early 1800’s, the city has constantly grown and now an extensive conversion process is ongoing. For the first time in more than a century, new city quarters are being established near the city center. The prognosis for the metropolitan area predicts more than 400,000 new inhabitants within the next 40 years.