Facts about Vantaa
People have been living in Vantaa ever since the Stone Age. Indeed, the earliest signs of human habitation date back around, 7000 years. Even though the settlement is ancient, the population today is fairly young.
Helsinge Parish became Helsinki Rural District in 1865. Then, in 1974 there was another name change and the present name, City of Vantaa, was adopted. Nowadays, Vantaa is the fourth biggest city in Finland in terms of population.
The River Vantaa was fi rst called Helsingaa (Helsingejoki, i.e. the River Helsinki). The inland dwellers – inhabitants of Häme – named the river upstream ”Vantaa.”
The earliest document in which the region is actually mentioned is a letter from King Maunu Eerikinpoika to Estonian monks and dates back to 1351. Nikolaus Risibeter and the other monks of the Padis monastery were granted the right to fi sh for salmon in the rapids of what is nowadays known as the River Vantaa.