A Grand Mosque being planned for Helsinki is to receive initial funding from the Bahrain royal family. If the mosque is built, its more than 10 thousand square metre floor plan would put it on a par with the planned Guggenheim museum, making it a notable landmark in the capital.

Ilari Rantakari, the chairman of the Forum for Culture and Religion FOKUS told Yle on Tuesday that the royal family of Bahrain has made a commitment to finance the initial phase of the mosque project.

"In practice, this start-up phase means preparatory work and an international architectural competition with a combined cost of less than one million euros," explained Rantakari.

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