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Töölö (Swedish: Tölö) is the collective name for the neighbourhoods Etu-Töölö (Swedish: Främre Tölö) and Taka-Töölö (Swedish: Bortre Tölö) in Helsinki, Finland. The neighbourhoods are located next to the city centre, occupying the western side of the Helsinki Peninsula.
Etu-Töölö, the southern neighbourhood, borders Kamppi and is the location of the Finnish Parliament House. Taka-Töölö, the northern neighbourhood, borders Meilahti and Laakso. Contrary to popular belief, Töölö is not the official name of any district or neighbourhood in Helsinki.
Töölö was built in 1920–1930 when Helsinki suffered from rapid population growth and needed more housing. Before that, Töölö was full of farms and some forest.
Töölö has always been respected as a place to live and the prices of apartments are high especially in Etu-Töölö. Töölö is also known for its functionalist architecture, notably around Taka-Töölö. It has many parks, including the big Töölönlahti (Töölö Bay). Töölö also has a vibrant cultural life, being the location of the Finnish National Opera, the National Museum of Finland, Kunsthalle Helsinki, the Zoological Museum and many small galleries. With the Olympic Stadium, Sonera Stadium, the Sports Hall and the Ice Hall, all within walking distance from each other, Taka-Töölö is also a significant neigbhbourhood for sport life in Helsinki.
Töölö has parks such as Sibelius Park, which has a monument to the composer Jean Sibelius. There are also other sights and buildings of architectural interest, as well as renowned hotels and restaurants in Töölö.
Other sights and places of national significance located in Töölö:
- Finnish Parliament House
- Temppeliaukio church
- The National Museum of Finland
- Finlandia Hall
- Finnish National Opera
- Helsinki Olympic Stadium
- Hietaniemi Cemetery
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