After nearly three decades of planning and construction, a new rapid transit system was fully opened to the general public for regular all-day service in Finland’s capital and largest city. (Test drives during rush hours only had been initiated two months earlier.) Finnish President Mauno Koivisto formally inaugurated the Helsinki Metro, which is the northernmost public transportation system of its kind in the world. It is also the only metro system in all of Finland.
At the time of its official opening, the Helsinki Metro consisted of six stations between Helsinki Railway Square and the shopping area of the city’s Itäkeskus neighborhood. The system now has a total of 17 stations, with another 13 under development. On average, the Helsinki Metro transports 63 million passengers each year.