The Swedish Theatre


60° 10' 2.4132" N, 24° 56' 35.2608" E
General info: 

The Swedish Theatre (Svenska Teatern) is a Swedish-speaking theatre and the first national stage in Finland. The theatre has two stages, big one with 500 seats capacity and small one with 127 seats capacity. The Swedish theatre is among the most popular theatres in Helsinki with around 10 premiers per year.
During the plays, the facade of the theatre is lit in different colours depending on the type of the play. Green colour is for swedish speaking drama, yellow is for children and young, red for musicals, and blue for foreign plays and classics.

The first theatre in Helsinki was completed in 1827. The wooden building designed by architect Carl Ludvig Engel was located in the corner of Mikaelsgatan and Esplanaden. The theatre designed by Engel soon became too small as the interest in theatre grew rapidly among the citizens of Helsinki. The new theatre building was opened on 28 November in 1860 on the same site as the current Svenska Teatern. This one was soon destroyed in a fire in 1863 and a new one in Neoclassical style was opened in 1866. The building of Svenska Teatern was renovated in 1935 and the richly decorated facade of the building was replaced with a new facade representing functionalism.

Getting there: 

Svenska Theatern is basically in the center of Helsinki so by foot is the easiest.


Price examples: Adults: Partarre 45€, Balcony 38€; Children and students 30€ for all seats; Pensioneers 40€ for all seats.
Ticket sales is open on weekdays from 10:00 to 18:00 and one hour before the play. You can also purchase the tickets in any “Lippupiste” that are open every day from 7:00 to 22:00 or online at (here also the addresses of the “Lippupiste” offices.

Interesting places nearby

The official residence of Swedish monarchs is the Stockholm Palace. Originally, it was built in the 13th century as a fortress, but through the ages, it developed into one of the most impressive palaces in the world.

Stockholm City Hall or Stadshuset as the Swedes call it, is the seat of the local government, but more importantly, it is the place where The Nobel Prize ceremony is held every year.

Known in the past as the city between the bridges, Stockholm’s Gamla Stan (Old town) is one of the most popular attractions of the city. It is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe.

The Mariinsky Theatre was the center of cultural life of the 19th-century St. Petersburg. Since it was opened in 1860 it has become the prestigious venue for opera and ballet fans. This place helped the Russian classical music thrive.

Built in a classic Russian Orthodox style, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the most elaborate churches of St. Petersburg.

Saint Isaac's Cathedral is the largest Orthodox cathedral in the world. This monumental building is dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great, who had been born on the feast day of that saint.