16/01/2012 09:16 GMT | Updated 11/03/2012 05:12 GMT

Helsinki Design Capital 2012

Finland's innovative capital, Helsinki could be likened to a bumblebee; small, ebullient, and packing a punch well beyond its weight. A design punch in Helsinki's case. Having been crowned the Design Capital 2012 this little gem in the Nordic crown boasts a 25-street, 200-business Design District in which contemporary Finnish design scintillates, infiltrating all areas of society. Helsinki is definitely on our list of top places to visit this year so we've hand-picked our essentials to aid you as you make your way around the new Design Capital.