Even though Suomenlinna is generally considered to be a tourist attraction, it is also home to more than 800 permanent residents. Most of the flats on Suomenlinna are rented and are owned by the state. The houses are looked after and blend unobtrusively with their surroundings. Most of the current residential buildings were originally used by the garrison, but by the 19th century they had begun to be transformed into homes.
Although Suomenlinna is often considered to be a summer attraction only, it is open to visitors all year round. And sometimes the white silence of a bright winter’s day beats the hot summer nights.