Helsinki, the cool Nordic capital

The pocket-size metropolis located on the Baltic Sea welcomes you!

Our international clients have experienced that exotic destination of Helsinki attracts more delegates than “more traditional” host cities.

Helsinki is a city full of contrasts: light and white in summer, and dark, but full of warmth in winter; modern and cutting edge, yet steeped in a fascinating past; cosmopolitan and compact capital where form follows the function, where both sea and deep forests are just a stone’s throw away.

CLOSER THAN YOU THINK

THE MOST AFFORDABLE

NORDIC CAPITAL

SURROUNDED BY

THE SEA AND NATURE

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Closer than you think
  • Direct flights from over 130 destinations
  • 180 daily international arrivals
  • Berlin 2 hours
  • Rome 3.5 hours
  • New York 8 hours
  • Tokyo 9.5 hours

 

The most affordable Nordic capital
  • According to the Mercer Cost of Living Survey, Helsinki is the most affordable Nordic capital
  • Finland is a member of the European Union since 1995 and in 2002 the Euro was introduced as the currency
  • Finland is thus the only Euro country in the Nordics

 

Nordic Business Forum

 

Accommodation 15,000 rooms
  • Helsinki has recently attracted many new hotel investments. For example, in 2016, Choice hotels built two first-class hotels in town, and new smaller boutique hotels are opened on yearly basis
  • the number of rooms is growing on an annual basis
  • A new hotel project will be finished by 2020 close to our congress venue

 

East meets west

Helsinki’s identity has been formed by cultural influences from both the East and West. Over 450 years of history, several architectural layers and the impact of different periods can clearly be seen in Helsinki.

 

Warmer than you think
  • Summer begins in the end of May and ends in the end of September and has long bright days
  • Long sunny evenings – darkness lasts only 6 hours – with sunset around 22.30
  • In summer months (May to August) the temperature can go up to +30 degrees
  • However, we also experience a real Nordic winter and the city also functions with heavy snowfall

 

Surrounded by the sea and nature
  • 315 islands and 123 km of coastline
  • summer restaurants on islands
  • cruises
  • winter time ice driving on frozen sea
  • Nuuksio National Park is only a 30-minute drive away

 

FINLAND TOP OF THE WORLD

Finland tops the world according to international surveys

  • The most stable nation in the world (The Fund for Peace, Fragile States Index 2016)
  • The safest country in the world (World Economic Forum, Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, 2015)
  • The best governance in the world (The Legatum Institute, The Legatum Prosperity Index 2016)
  • The least organized crime in the world (World Economic Forum, The Global Competitiveness Forum Report 2016-2017)
  • Highest Judicial Independence (World Economic Forum, The Global Competitiveness Forum Report 2016-2017)
  • Finns vote in the freest and most reliable elections (University of Sydney and Harvard University, the Electoral Integrity Project, The Year in Elections in 2015)
  • 3rd least corrupt country in the world 2017 (Corruption Perception Index 2017)
  • Ranks 1st in the World Press Freedom Index (Reporters Without Borders, 2016 World Press Freedom Index)
  • Ranks 4th in the Social Progress Index (The Social Progress Imperative)
  • Ranks 3rd in the Rule of Law Index (The World Justice Project 2016)
  • Ranks 5th in the World’s Happiest Countries (World Economic Forum 2016)
  • The second-best country for girls to live in (Save the Children, Every Last Girl, Girl’s Opportunity Index)
  • Ranks 2nd in gender-equality in the world (World Economic Forum, Global Gender Gap Index 2016)
  • Finland ranks 1st in protecting human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems (Yale University, Environmental Performance Index)
  • Finland has the world’s best basic education (World Economic Forum, The Global Competitiveness Forum Report 2016-2017)
  • Finland is the World’s Most Literate Nation (J.W. Miller & M.C. McKenna, World’s Most Literate Nations: Rank Breakdown)
  • Finland is the 3rd most innovative nation in the world (World Economic Forum, The Global Competitiveness Forum Report 2016-2017)
  • In Finland, the welfare of mothers and children is the 2nd highest in the world (Save the Children, State of the World’s Mothers 2015, 16th annual report)
  • Finland is the greenest country in the world; did you know that Finland has 17 billion trees? (Environmental Performance Index)

 

 

21 reasons to love Finland