Southern Finland is a province of Finland. Relatively small in area, the province is the most populous in Finland and is dominated by the urban sprawl around Helsinki, the capital. Founded in 1550, the "Daughter of the Baltic" has been the Finnish capital since 1812, when it was rebuilt by the tsars of Russia along the lines of a miniature St. Petersburg, a role it has played in many a Cold War movie. Today, Helsinki pulls off the trick of being something of an international metropolis while still retaining a small-town feel. The best time to visit this region is in summer, when Finns peel off their overcoats and flock to outdoor bars and cafes to enjoy the sunshine.