Position of Kontula within Helsinki
|Area||2.71 km2 (1.05 sq mi)|
|Neighbouring subdivisions||Vesala, Vartioharju, Myllypuro, Kurkimäki, Kivikko, Mellunmäki|
Kontula (Swedish: Gårdsbacka) is a quarter of Helsinki, Finland, part of the Mellunkylä neighbourhood. Due to its little higher than average concentration of government tenant housing complexes, immigrant and refugee population it is regarded as an average eastern Helsinki suburb.
Kontula has been built mostly in the 1960s and 1970s when apartments were required in Helsinki. Many people from the city centre moved to Kontula.
Metro expanded to Kontula in 1986 which made it easy to reach the area. The Kontula Metro Station is daily used by 20,000 people.
Kontulan Ostoskeskus, the mall
Kontula offers service to its inhabitants. With three big grocery stores, three banks, two pharmacies and over 80 shops, Kontulan Ostoskeskus (The Shopping Centre or the mall) is the 5th largest shopping centre in Helsinki. The Shopping Centre also includes the health centre, a library, a swimming pool, gym, and a skateboard hall.
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