East Helsinki

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East Helsinki (, ) is an area in Helsinki, Finland, usually thought to comprise the city's eastern and south-eastern major districts (suurpiiri in Finnish, stordistrikt in Swedish), including the districts of Vartiokylä, Myllypuro, Mellunkylä, Vuosaari, Herttoniemi, Laajasalo and Kulosaari. With the exception of Kulosaari, the buildings in the area are relatively new (most have been built in the 1960s or later) and constitute relatively densely inhabited suburbs (except the southern part of Laajasalo and most of Kulosaari).

East Helsinki has had problems with unemployment and poverty, and immigrants and refugees are somewhat concentrated in the area's subsidised housing and city-owned apartments. This has led to a popular conception of East Helsinki as a problem-ridden area, which is not necessarily true.

Public transport in East Helsinki is organised mainly through the Helsinki Metro, most of whose stops are located in the area, and feeder bus lines. Scandinavia's largest shopping centre, Itäkeskus ('eastern centre'), is located near the geographical centre of East Helsinki, and many public and commercial services for the area are concentrated there.

A major change will take place in the area's infrastructure upon the completion of the Port of Vuosaari, which is expected to finish in 2008. Most of the existing port facilities in Helsinki will be moved to the new seaport, which will create increased economic activity in East Helsinki as well as release new areas for...
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