Suomenlinna’s values

All work on the fortress is founded on the Suomenlinna values of a strong local spirit, multilayeredness and continuity, vividness and versatility, and harmony and diversity.

Protecting, maintaining and restoring and presentation cultural heritage – whether buildings, landscape or activities – are based on location-specific values.

To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value. Suomenlinna’s universal value was described when it was added to the World Heritage List in 1991.

What are Suomenlinna’s values?

  • Diverse, interlinked and occasionally contradictory.
  • There is enough room for different kinds of values in Suomenlinna.
  • Diversity covers various elements: historical layers, the diversity of residents in terms of age and social class, the range of activities and the liveliness of the place as well as the diversity of the landscape and green spaces.
  • Diversity and harmony of values at the same time.
  • A combination of nature and history, harmony of nature and the built environment, and differences.
  • Historical values side by side with a living environment and a vibrant suburb with a school, a library and a nursery.
  • All of these make up the atmosphere of the place.