city in the region of Uusimaa in Finland
Vantaa (Swedish: Vanda) is the fourth largest city in Finland (after Helsinki, Espoo and Tampere). It is part of the Greater Helsinki area. The most important parts of Vantaa are Tikkurila, Hakunila, Koivukylä, Korso, Martinlaakso and Myyrmäki. Tuusula, Kerava, Sipoo, Helsinki, Espoo and Nurmijärvi are neighbour communities and cities of Vantaa.
Vantaa has been a city since 1974. As of April 2014, the population was about 208,800. The current mayor is Juhani Paajanen.
The biggest airport in Finland, Helsinki-Vantaa, is in Central Vantaa.
Finnish and Swedish are the official languages of Vantaa. In 2006 Swedish was the mother language of 3.1 percent of population of Vantaa.
Mayors of VantaaEdit
- Lauri Lairala 1974-1989
- Pirjo Ala-Kapee 1989-1997
- Erkki Rantala 1997-2003
- Juhani Paajanen 2003-
People who were born in VantaaEdit
- Patrik Antonius, a professional poker player
- Sampsa Astala, a musician on Lordi
- Valtteri Filppula, a ice hockey player
- Jaakko Hintikka, a professor in Boston University
- Mika Häkkinen, Formula 1 world champion
- Sami Kapanen, an ice hockey player
- Ville Peltonen, an ice hockey player
- Jarkko Ruutu, an ice hockey player
- Tuomo Ruutu, an ice hockey player
- Eicca Toppinen, a cellist on Apocalyptica
- Ossi Väänänen an ice hockey player
- The official Vantaa page Archived 2011-02-04 at the Wayback Machine, in Finnish, Swedish and English