Vantaa has a long history, with the earliest findings of human settlement dating back 7,000 years. Today, the city is home to roughly 200,000 people. The city’s official languages are Finnish and Swedish and, in addition to these, more than a hundred languages are spoken among the residents.
Vantaa's vast green areas with their forests and rivers represent the diverse and rich nature of Southern Finland, which is complemented by the man-made environment with its parks. The residential areas are developing constantly. Here, old and new residential areas overlap, creating a multi-faceted urban landscape. Vantaa has excellent road connections and public transport solutions. The Ring Rail Line, which is currently under construction, will connect the city even more closely with the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.
For its own part, the City of Vantaa seeks to preserve and develop the Green Belt stretching from Sipoonkorpi to Porkkalanniemi. Among other projects, a development plan has been devised for the large Petikko nature recreation area, Nuuksio’s neighbour in Vantaa. In addition, the city is involved in plan-ning the management and use of Sipoonkorpi National Park, which was established in the spring of 2011. Cooperation with the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia – and, more particularly, the compiling of centralised guidance services on the Helsinki area’s hiking and nature destinations – is also considered very important in Vantaa.