Krisse Salminen

Krisse Salminen

My Helsinki has everything from dress shops to cabbage pies!

Actress and stand-up comedian Kristiina “Krisse” Salminen loves to spend her time in Helsinki in cafés with her friends. In addition to her friends, other aspects about her hometown that she appreciates include the sea, the islands, the parks, old buildings and all the events. “Helsinki is not too big, but I still keep finding new places here!”

Salminen lived up to the age of ten in Hollola and then Lahti. At the age of twenty, she spent one summer living in a commune in the Katajanokka district of Helsinki having found a summer job at the Kaivohuone restaurant. Cycling to work and back home again when the sun was rising, Salminen fell in love with the coastal scenery and Helsinki Cathedral.

When Salminen became host of the Breikki educational TV programme, she moved into an apartment next to Hakaniemi Market Hall. Her older brother had previously lived in the same apartment, so Hakaniemi was a familiar neighbourhood. For the past ten years, Salminen has lived with her husband, children and dog in a house in Tapanila. Getting into the city centre takes just a quarter of an hour by local commuter train.

“I love in a lovely wooden house neighbourhood. I wanted the same kind of atmosphere as I had as a kid in Hollola: a small village community where you can pop round your neighbour’s garden for a drink and the atmosphere is straight out of an Astrid Lindgren story.”

Salminen also enjoys the nearby Fallkulla animal farm and feels she could still live in Tapanila when she eventually retires. “You don’t really even have to go into the city centre. ”The actress likes how Helsinki’s residential districts offer so much to choose from. “You can live right in the heart of the city or practically in the countryside thanks to the excellent public transport network.”

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