Friendly. Northern. Functional. Human size. Easy to reach. All that – and more…

Helsinki and Finland rank consistently in the top 10 in virtually any international comparison of standards of living, competitiveness, education, or political institutions. While the scientific basis of these rankings is not always very strong, the consistent excellent performance of Helsinki and Finland is not just a coincidence.  

The City of Helsinki has hosted several summits for the world’s political leaders, for example the OSCE summits in 1975 and 1992, the European Council Summit in 1999, the ASEM summit in 2006. Helsinki is also famous for such large-scale events as the 1952 Olympic Games and the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. More than 1600 international conferences are organized in Helsinki every year, with over 100 000 delegates. Adding to that, there are innumerable national meetings, events and theme days annually.  

Helsinki is easy to reach by air, rail or sea. Around 40 airlines operate to Helsinki, and Helsinki-Vantaa airport boasts more than 180 international landings daily. Only 25 minutes away from the city centre, it has been rated among the best by its users for many years in a row. With more time to spare, you could choose a picturesque ferry crossing either from Sweden, Germany, Poland and Estonia. Or for an easterly route, you may sample a train ride from St. Petersburg or Moscow.

Compact in size, there’s only half a million inhabitants in the city itself (the metropolitan area has approximately 1 Million inhabitants). This translates into a relaxed, friendly and safe atmosphere that invites delegates to enjoy and to make use of their stay to the full. Practically everything in central Helsinki – hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops and sights – are within a walking distance. And if not in the mood for a stroll, you can always take a taxi or use Helsinki’s efficient public transports. Traffic in a city this small is a breeze compared to many. Language is not a problem aciphex either. As most Finns take it for granted that you don’t speak their language, they are glad to make use of their English or other European languages they master.

Helsinki has an active nightlife throughout the year, and there is a good mix of styles to suit all tastes. Helsinki does not compete with other cities in terms of the amount of nightlife but rather its quality. A wide range of clubs and bars offers a choice of atmospheres and price levels. Helsinki also offers many stylish and unique venues for memorable gala dinners and banquets (our suggestion for 2013 is presented in Section 3).

When the meeting is over or before it has even started, delegates may enjoy the numerous supplementary programs and outings Helsinki and its outlying areas have in store. There are, of course, guided tours by bus, tram, boat or even by foot. Unguided, you may plunge into Helsinki’s active cultural life – exhibitions, museums, concerts, theatre or clubbing – whatever is the name of the game. If there’s more time to spare, Lapland and other areas of interest in Finland are easily reached by train or plane. Just as easy it is to have a taste of Russia... Or to make a day trip to Tallinn by ferry - with 35–40 daily crossings to choose from. On top of that, excellent air and sea connections to Stockholm make the capital of Sweden an attractive choice, too.




Helsinki offers about 8000 rooms with 14 000 beds in around 60 locations, ranging from first-class hotels to hostels for the more economically minded. Most are within 1.5 kilometers of the city centre. The majority of international hotel chains, such as Best Western, Crowne Plaza, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Luxury Collection, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Radisson Blu, Scandic and Sokos, have presence in Helsinki. Usually the breakfast and taxes are included in the room prices.