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The City of Helsinki: Helsinki is the capital of Finland. Helsinki is also the largest city of Finland. The city is located in the southern part of Finland on the shore of the Gulf of Finland by the Baltic Sea. The Helsinki urban region includes the neighboring cities of Espoo, Vantaa and Kaunianen, which are together called the Capital Region . Some of the tourist attractions of Helsinki are Senaatintori (Senate Square), Sederholm Talo (Sederholm House), Kauppatori (Market Square), Temppeliaukion Kirkko (Temppeliaukio Church), Sibelius Monumentti (Sibelius Monument) and Taideteolisuusmuseo (Design Museum).

The Fifteenth Olympiad: The 1952 Summer Games were officially known as the Games of the XV Olympiad . The Games were held in Helsinki, the capital of Finland in the year 1952 . Helsinki had been chosen as the host of the 1940 Olympiad but they were cancelled due to World War II.

Venue: The Fifteenth Summer Games were held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland . The Stadium is located in the Toolo District , about 2 km away from the center of the Finnish capital Helsinki . This is the largest stadium in the country. The stadium is best known for being the Nucleus of the activities in the fifteenth Olympiad . However, the stadium was built for the 1940 Summer Games.

Participants: 4099 participants competed in the fourteenth Olympiad. The 59 countries which took part in the Games were Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Canada, Ceylon, Chile, Republic of China, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East Germany, Egypt, Finland, France, Gold Coast, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saarland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Soviet Union, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, U.S.A., Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Germany and Yugoslavia.

Events: In the fifteenth Olympiad there were 149 events in 17 sports. The sports included in the program were athletics, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, hockey, modern pentathlon, rowing, shooting, swimming, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling and yachting.

Medal Count: United States won the highest number of medals. They won 40 gold, 19 silver and 17 bronze medals which made a total of 76 medals. USSR won 22 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze medals.

A Brief Description of the Fifteenth Olympiad: The Fifteenth Summer Games were held from 19 th July to 3 rd August in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. The Games were officially opened by Juho Kusti Paasikivi. The athletes uttered Olympic oath led by Heikki Savolainen. The Olympic Flame was lit by Paavo Nurmi and Hannes Kolehmainen.

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