Kaisaniemi metro station
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Helsinki Metro station
Helsinki tram Line: 3, 6, 6T, 9
|Depth||27 m (89 ft)|
|Owned by||Helsinki City Transport|
|HSL Travel Card||In use|
Kaisaniemi (Finnish) or Kajsaniemi (Swedish) is a station on the Helsinki Metro. It serves the central Helsinki district of Kaisaniemi. It is the only station whose name is announced in only one language: whether this is Finnish or Swedish is unknown and irrelevant, because the Finnish 'Kaisaniemi' and the Swedish 'Kajsaniemi' are pronounced identically. When the station was opened the announcement was for a while in two languages like on the other stations, 'Kaisaniemi - Kajsaniemi'. This unnecessary repetition caused a lot of amusement, and the station name has been announced only once since then.
The station was opened on 1 March 1995, designed by the architect bureau Kontio - Kilpi - Valjento Oy. It is located 0.6 kilometres from the Central Railway Station, and 0.9 kilometres from the Hakaniemi metro station.
The station is situated at a depth of 27 metres below ground level (22m below sea level). The station is equipped with an unusual glass-sided funicular-style elevator operating along the slope next to the escalators (contrasting with a more conventional vertical liftshaft).
In April 2014, the Helsinki City Board decided to rename the station after the University of Helsinki (Finnish: Helsingin yliopisto, Swedish: Helsingfors universitet). The city wants to complete the required changes to signage by 2015, which is also the 375th anniversary of the founding of the university. After the completion of the metro's western extension, the metro line will thus have two stops bearing the name of a university, the other being the stop of Aalto University in Otaniemi, Espoo.
- Lehmusvesi, Jussi (22 April 2014). "Kaisaniemen metroaseman nimi vaihtuu – "Kyllä ihmiset tottuvat"". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- "Kaisaniemen metroasemalle ehdotetaan uutta nimeä". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 17 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
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