National Geographic : 1925 May
Photograph by J. and P. Parikas THE NEW CHURCH IN THE BERGHAIL SUBURB OF HELSINGFORS This imposing edifice, built by Lars Sonck in 1912, stands on a small hill and commands an admirable view. Before Alexander I transferred Finland's seat of government from Abo to Helsingfors, in the early years of the 19th century, the latter was a small and unimportant town. Since then it has grown rapidly and to-day it has 200oo,ooo inhabitants. A WOMAN CONDUCTOR ONAHELSINGEORS STREET CAR Women are engaged seemingly inevery branch ofwork inFinland, and this country was the first inEurope tohave woman suffrage. One reason for such action wasthat Finland's struggle forexistence has been hard, and it could not afford alarge nonproducing class. Women out number men in Finland by 44,000, inatotal population of3,400,000.