Hietaniemi cemetery

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Hietaniemi cemetery
Hietaniemi lounaasta.jpg
Hietaniemi cemetery
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Year established 1829
Location Lapinlahti, Länsisatama, Helsinki
Country Finland
Coordinates 60°10′10″N 024°55′04″E / 60.16944°N 24.91778°E / 60.16944; 24.91778Coordinates: 60°10′10″N 024°55′04″E / 60.16944°N 24.91778°E / 60.16944; 24.91778
Type Public
Owned by Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Parishes in Helsinki
Website www.helsinginseurakunnat.fi
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An aerial photograph of the area in the cemetery where soldiers killed in the Second World War are buried

The Hietaniemi cemetery (Finnish: Hietaniemen hautausmaa, Swedish: Sandudds begravningsplats) is located mainly in the Lapinlahti quarter and partly in the Etu-Töölö district of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. It is the location for Finnish state funeral services.

The cemetery includes a large military cemetery section for soldiers from the capital fallen in the wars against the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany: in the Winter War (1939–1940), the Continuation War (1941–1944) and the Lapland War (1944–1945). In the centre of the military cemetery are the tombs of the unknown soldier and Marshal C.G.E. Mannerheim. Other notable sections of the cemetery are the cemetery of the Finnish Guard, the Artist's Hill and the Statesman's Grove. There are two Lutheran funerary chapels and crematorium at the area.

Hietaniemi means "sand spit" and is a headland located centrally in Helsinki.

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The cemetery is partly located at a promontory, and partly directly adjacent to the Hietaniemi Beach. Nightly parties, flirting, petting, and more, are recurrent concerns in letters to the editor alarmed by alleged dishonourable conduct at the gravestones.

A road at Hietaniemi cemetery.JPG

The cemetery is a popular tourist attraction, especially amongst Finns visiting the graves of relatives fallen in wars or the graves of the many famous Finns buried there.

Four other cemeteries are also located at the greater cemetery district of Hietaniemi, they are: the Helsinki Jewish cemetery, the Helsinki Islamic cemetery, the Helsinki Orthodox cemetery and the cemetery of the St. Nicholas Orthodox Parish.

Notable interments[edit]

Presidents of Finland[edit]

Tomb stone of Marshal Mannerheim

Artists[edit]

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Famous foreigners[edit]

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