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Helsinki council nixes building Guggenheim museum

The Helsinki City Council has narrowly rejected a proposal to build a Guggenheim art museum in the Finnish capital.

The council's board voted 8-7 against the project on Wednesday after a yearlong feasibility study commissioned by the mayor of Helsinki at a cost of $2.5 million (€1.9 million).

Culture Minister Paavo Arhinmaki expressed his satisfaction, saying the $180 million museum project was too expensive and "is now buried."

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation proposed building a museum in the Finnish capital in January.

The organization has several museums worldwide, including in Germany, Italy, Spain and one under construction in Abu Dhabi.