Hietaniemi Cemetery

Helsinki, Finland

The Hietaniemi cemetery is the location for Finnish state funeral services and most remarkable cemetery in Finland. The cemetery was placed to Hietaniemi in 1829. It was originally a military cemetery for the Finnish Guard, which was part of the Russian army.

The cemetery includes still a large military cemetery section for soldiers from the capital fallen in the wars against the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany: in the Winter War (1939–1940), the Continuation War (1941–1944) and the Lapland War (1944–1945). In the centre of the military cemetery are the tombs of the unknown soldier and Marshal C.G.E. Mannerheim. Other notable sections of the cemetery are the cemetery of the Finnish Guard, the Artist's Hill and the Statesman's Grove. For example six presidents of Finland are buried to Hietaniemi. In the Artist’s Hill rests many famous artists like Alvar Aalto, Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Mika Waltari.

The cemetery is a popular tourist attraction, especially amongst Finns visiting the graves of relatives fallen in wars or the graves of the many famous Finns buried there.

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Founded: 1829
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in Finland
Historical period: Russian Grand Duchy (Finland)

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Missberry Mewza (2 years ago)
a serene place where one can enjoy solicitude
Tatjana Torkel (2 years ago)
"Ancient " cemetery park, calming walk is garanteed! Pros: Most of the Finnish selebrities and " big wings" are buried here. Wondeful location - city centure , close to sea and a park Cons The gravestones of the presidents ( Koivisto, Mr. Kekkonen, etc.) do not have flower beds. If the families for some reason cannot organize them, maybe the city of Helsinki could take on this wonderful responsibility?
Hossein Firooz (3 years ago)
Very peaceful... The path is also suitable for runnung/jogging.
David Davidson (4 years ago)
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SeSeikkailija (4 years ago)
Quiet and peaceful as a cemetery should be. This is a resting place for many famous Finns like presidents and artist
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