Capital features

A late November afternoon in central Helsinki. Commerce in the background, always part of any city. The Three Smiths statue by Felix Nylund unveiled in 1932. It’s a national symbol, also something that capital cities always have. And, best of all, though not all capital cities have it, citizens speaking out for their beliefs, here getting passers by to light a candle in protest at the Finnish judiciary’s lackadaisical attitude towards violence against women. Organised by Monika Naiset Liitto and Amnesty International Finland it made one think that a good city isn’t just a question of safe streets but being safe at home.

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