Messukeskus Helsinki: a 100-year jubilee in the happiest country of the world

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Finland has been once again ranked as the world’s happiest country in the World Happiness Report 2019 launched by United Nations. Happiness might also be one of the key factors of Messukeskus Helsinki, which now celebrates its 100th anniversary as one of the oldest Finnish success stories.

Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre, was established less than two years later than Finland gained her independence, in 1919. The first fair, held in Helsinki, in the summer of 1920, became a massive public festival of more than 120,000 visitors and the largest media event of its day. This makes Messukeskus one of the most successful start-ups of that time.

Today Messukeskus is the Finland’s most advanced exhibition and congress centre with versatile premises, dedicated, flexible and experienced staff and high-class and high-tech conference services. Annually, 65 exhibitions and 1,500 meetings, congresses, global summits, celebrations, entertainment productions and corporate events are held at Messukeskus, with more than 1.2 million participants and delegates from all over the world.

Messukeskus has carried out major renovations on its facilities. In celebration of the centenary, Messukeskus’s renewed restaurant world and the hotel adjacent were reopened after the complete refurbishment. The hotel is directly connected to the exhibition halls and the Conference Centre with 40 adaptable and diverse meeting rooms which can be combined flexibly. Event planning, program services, catering services, logistics and security services are all available as high-quality in-house services, and they are not exclusive service suppliers.

In Helsinki everything is close by and the public transportation makes it even easier. The train takes the clients to the airport in the matter of 25 minutes, the city center is 5 minutes ride away. In Helsinki, clean nature virtually starts on the doorstep. Tap water is fresh and safe to drink, and the seashore with swimming areas is only a couple of kilometers from Messukeskus. International congress visitors love Helsinki’s safety and ease of access. Furthermore, the City of Helsinki helps international congress visitors to reduce their carbon footprint by offering free public transportation.

“A century of success proves the effectiveness of our business concept. We are not happy with just ordinary. We aim to be the leading congress venue in the Nordic countries and have for example, as the first large venue implemented fixed Augmented Reality services within our premises. But the real secret of our success is our devoted staff who always take an additional mile to meet the expectations of the client”, says Paula Blomster, Congress Manager at Messukeskus.

Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre promotes Finnish trade and industry by enabling productive face-to-face contacts at trade shows, conventions, conferences and other events. 65 exhibitions and 1,500 meetings and congresses are held annually at Messukeskus, with more than a million participants. Messukeskus Helsinki celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019.

Meet us at IMEX 2019 exhibition, at Finland’s stand F250.

Further information: Congress Manager Paula Blomster, mobile: +358 40 456 6066,,, #messukeskusHki.

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In celebration of the centenary, the hotel adjacent Messukeskus was reopened after the complete refurbishment.