Traditionally, Finland has a reputation as the heavy metal capital of the world. So who would have thought that they would do sunshiney reggae, upbeat rap, rock-and-roll and funk every bit as well as they do deep-throat growling? But indeed, they do, and the Finns’ love for music is broad and eclectic. Whatever your fancy, you’re bound to find it in Helsinki, and the range of nightlife very much centres around the music that’s on offer. It’s not the kind of city that you’d go to specifically to rave all night or to party til dawn (in summer you’d be in bed around 2am), but if you’re after a city that genuinely loves, respects and supports quality live music, indoors and out, then it’s an excellent place to be. Helsinki hosts a dedicated and varied night scene that takes the programme just as seriously as the drinks menu.