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Helsinki Street Signs and Posts
There are several interesting street signs, street posts, markings, inscriptions that are worth mentioning...
Many are understandable signs, indeed, but there are a few that got me perplexed and (still wondering) what they could signify.
Anyway, it seems they care about cyclists, otherwise they wouldn't have such lanes - as shown on the photo below...
Special lanes for cyclists and pedestrians
What comes to my mind is that, although it's nice and beautiful having a special lane for cyclists along the pedestrian segment, I find it that there's less and less space for pedestrians as more and more cities in Europe resort to this.
The weird sign post in central Helsinki
The photo on the left depicts the weirdest street sign I've seen on this trip.
What could this signify?
"Walking hand-in-hand forbidden"?
That would be hilarious!
I thought the sign might have something to do with the pedestrian lane's width (like: not being wide enough to allow walking side-by-side and hand-in-hand), but no - it was more than just wide enough for that!
I've heard about various strange laws and regulations in some countries, but this is outrageously laughable!
It would be imaginable that it's not the ideal place for walking with small children (one of the figures showing a small child). But that shouldn't be the case either...
I took this shot in the central area and to me it seemed absolutely normal, safe...
Apparently there might be some hidden threat to walking with kids...
The Swedish minority (which only accounts for 6 % of the country's population and quite the same in Helsinki) enjoys ethnic autonomy (with a pack of regional and language-related freedoms), thing visible from the bilingual signs on streets and at the airport as well.
Bilingual street sign
By the way, Helsinki in Swedish is "Helsingfors".
Still, most of Finland's Swedish minority lives on the Åland Islands, which enjoy regional ethnic autonomy. The population of the islands is only 28,000 and 90 % of them are Swedish.
Wicked turtle-held street post.
To me, Finland seemed an very tolerant country - ethnically-speaking.
Now take a look at the photo on the right side...
In order for the street post to stand vertically, they created a turtle-shaped concrete holder!
Funny, but ingenious!
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