Sami Antinniemi is folding freshly washed bedsheets on the second floor of his home in Vesala, Helsinki, following the departure of Russian visitors on Sunday. “It's really no bother at all. I spend maybe one day a month doing the chores,” he says. Antinniemi and his wife Polina rent out a flat with its own entrance to visitors through Airbnb, a website enabling people to rent out their private spaces. There has been no lack of visitors, although Vesala is situated some way off downtown Helsinki.
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At present, Airbnb offers nearly 800 lodging options in Helsinki and over 1,000 in Finland. The original idea of the American website was to enable people to rent out their homes to visitors while they are away.