var news = [{"id":2452,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/docent-pia-siljander-years-scientific-conference-power-player\/","title":"Docent Pia Siljander is this year\u2019s Scientific Conference Power Player","content":"

Pia Siljander was awarded for her efforts to promote the organisation of international scientific conferences in Finland. The EUR 5000 award was donated by the Finnish Fair Foundation. Docent Pia Siljander works as a University Lecturer in the Biochemistry Of Health in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Helsinki.<\/p>\n

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This year\u2019s Scientific Conference Power Player prize was awarded to Docent Pia Siljander from the University of Helsinki.<\/p>\n","date":"7.9.2017","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Pia-siljander-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Pia-siljander.jpg","width":600,"height":335},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Pia-siljander-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Pia-siljander-300x168.jpg","width":300,"height":168},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Pia-siljander.jpg","width":600,"height":335},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Pia-siljander.jpg","width":600,"height":335},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Pia-siljander-600x335.jpg","width":600,"height":335},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Pia-siljander-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Pia-siljander-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Pia-siljander.jpg","width":600,"height":335},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Pia-siljander.jpg","width":600,"height":335}}},{"id":2448,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/professor-wood-architecture-pekka-heikkinen-awarded-espoo-ambassador-2017\/","title":"Professor of Wood Architecture Pekka Heikkinen awarded as the Espoo Ambassador 2017","content":"

Pekka Heikkinen is considered to be Finland’s leading expert in wood construction and eco-efficient building design. He has been awarded in several architectural competitions. In 2011, Heikkinen won the prestigious Schweighofer Innovation Preis with TU Munich, NTNU Trondheim and Aalto University’s joint TES Energy Facade research project. Last year, the Wood Architecture Student Group Wood Program was awarded with the international World Architecture News Award.<\/p>\n

In June 2016, Heikkinen was the lead organizer of the International Forum Wood Building Nordic conference at the Aalto University Otaniemi Campus, in Espoo. The conference, as a part of the German International Forum Holzbau concept, is the main event of wood construction in the Nordic countries. It gathered almost 400 construction industry researchers, architects, developers, authorities, and industry and trade representatives to Espoo.<\/p>\n

(In the picture from left Mayor of the City of Espoo Jukka M\u00e4kel\u00e4, Professor and Espoo Ambassador Pekka Heikkinen, CEO Espoo Marketing Jaana Tuomi)<\/p>\n

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Professor Pekka Heikkinen from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture has been selected as the Espoo Ambassador 2017.<\/p>\n","date":"6.9.2017","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Espoo20Ambassador202017_LowRes-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Espoo20Ambassador202017_LowRes.jpg","width":800,"height":533},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Espoo20Ambassador202017_LowRes-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Espoo20Ambassador202017_LowRes-300x200.jpg","width":300,"height":200},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Espoo20Ambassador202017_LowRes-768x512.jpg","width":768,"height":512},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Espoo20Ambassador202017_LowRes.jpg","width":800,"height":533},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Espoo20Ambassador202017_LowRes-600x400.jpg","width":600,"height":400},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Espoo20Ambassador202017_LowRes-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Espoo20Ambassador202017_LowRes-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Espoo20Ambassador202017_LowRes-800x400.jpg","width":800,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/09\/Espoo20Ambassador202017_LowRes-800x523.jpg","width":800,"height":523}}},{"id":2421,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/finland-country-discovered\/","title":"Finland is a country to be discovered","content":"

The first ever Meeting & Incentive Forum in Finland was held in Helsinki on 9\u201313 July. The 130 experts from the international business event and congress industry did not only get a chance to meet suppliers from several countries, but also had a fantastic opportunity to see and explore Finland and its capital.<\/strong><\/p>\n

We interviewed a few of the delegates at the end of their second day at Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa. None of them had ever been to Finland before and had little expectations, if any. Attending the M&I Forum in Helsinki was a good reason for them to come and to experience the destination with their own eyes.<\/p>\n

During their two days in Helsinki they discovered a few of Helsinki\u2019s top meeting and congress facilities and experienced a range of activities the city and the surrounding archipelago has to offer. They considered Finnish people to be friendly and welcoming and said that they would absolutely consider bringing customers to Finland and spending some leisure time here, too.<\/p>\n

Things they said<\/strong><\/h3>\n

\"\"<\/a>Jo le Hec\u2019h-Besson, International Venue Finder, Helms Briscoe, France <\/strong>says she is now able to propose Finland to her clients: \u201cI wanted to come here first to see it with my own eyes, to be able to speak to my clients about Helsinki and Finland. I am very impressed by its simplicity, nature, ecology and safety \u2013 yes, it seems very safe and very clean. I am really going to talk a lot about this place!\u201d<\/p>\n

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\"\"<\/a>\u201cFinland is about going back to the real values. We Israelis are very close to nature as well. We like trekking, cycling and doing sports\u2026 so being in such a country that has so much water and so much greenery, for us it\u2019s like WOW! From what I\u2019ve experienced people are very lively and all in all, it\u2019s an extremely welcoming country. I would say: to be discovered!\u201d says Eric Ben-Harrous, Corporate Dept Manager, Kenes International, Israel<\/strong>.<\/p>\n

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\"\"<\/a>\u201cI\u2019m kind of exploring the North. Finland is famous for its school system and for the way of living. I\u2019ve heard people say that \u201dthey are doing everything right in Finland\u201d so I thought okay, let\u2019s have a look!\u201d says Alexandra Seppi, Head of Congress Department, AIM Group, Austria. <\/strong>\u201cI\u2019d like to see the aurora borealis and, oh, the white nights! I\u2019m really enjoying it, because yesterday evening I wasn\u2019t tired! I didn\u2019t get tired because if it\u2019s still bright outside, why should I go to bed?\u201d<\/p>\n

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\"\"<\/a>\u201cMy first impressions on Finland are friendly people, a lot of nature and some really nice activities to do around\u201d, says Andreas Miksche, Country Manager, Mertel Events, Austria <\/strong>after winning in a game of \u201cM\u00f6lkky\u201d, which is a very popular Finnish throwing game. \u201cYes, I refer to M\u00f6lkky, which is one of them\u201d, he says laughingly, \u201cbut also the other things like sightseeing by tram, rib boat travel and things like that. It\u2019s always nice to have a range of activities to offer to clients. In Finland I would target to Lapland because my clients are mostly interested in winter sports and activities.\u201d<\/p>\n","excerpt":"

Delegates attending the Meeting & Incentive Forum in Helsinki said that they would absolutely consider bringing customers to Finland and spending some leisure time here, too.<\/p>\n","date":"14.7.2017","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/MI_Forum_Helsinki_Wed-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/MI_Forum_Helsinki_Wed.jpg","width":1400,"height":1050},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/MI_Forum_Helsinki_Wed-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/MI_Forum_Helsinki_Wed-300x225.jpg","width":300,"height":225},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/MI_Forum_Helsinki_Wed-768x576.jpg","width":768,"height":576},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/MI_Forum_Helsinki_Wed-1024x768.jpg","width":1024,"height":768},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/MI_Forum_Helsinki_Wed-600x450.jpg","width":600,"height":450},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/MI_Forum_Helsinki_Wed-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/MI_Forum_Helsinki_Wed-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/MI_Forum_Helsinki_Wed-930x400.jpg","width":930,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/MI_Forum_Helsinki_Wed-930x523.jpg","width":930,"height":523}}},{"id":2414,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/mi-forum-draws-lucrative-business-events-finland\/","title":"M&I Forum draws lucrative business events to Finland","content":"

The first ever Meeting & Incentive Forum in Finland is a notable opportunity to market the country as a destination and to convince a large group of international event organisers of Finland\u2019s offerings and services. The event is believed to bring in more business events to Finland, increasing revenue from travel.<\/strong><\/p>\n

The M&I Forum, held at Clarion Hotel Helsinki on 9\u201313 July, will be attended by 130 experts from the international business event and congress industry. They are looking for new, exciting venues for meetings, incentive trips, product launches and customer events. The attendees are mostly from Europe, but buyers from Asia and the Middle East are also present. These markets are especially attractive for Finland, as their potential is mostly untapped.<\/p>\n

Seeing is believing<\/strong><\/p>\n

The visitors not only get to meet sellers from several countries, but also have a fantastic chance to see and explore Finland and its capital. The event will introduce many visitors to Finland, increasing awareness on international markets.<\/p>\n

\u201cThe event is a great opportunity for Finnish service providers to create truly memorable experiences. It offers a chance to showcase our expertise and sell services in a very tangible manner. Positive experiences will foster our image and help Finland get on the shortlist for more future events\u201d, Mervi Toivonen<\/strong> from Finpro\u2019s Finland Convention Bureau states.<\/p>\n

Travel industry expected to benefit significantly<\/strong><\/p>\n

Congresses and business events are universally desirable for the considerable revenue they bring to the hosting nation. These events have considerable budgets, but the attendees also spend many times more during their trip than typical holidaymakers. Successful events are bound to increase the hosting nation\u2019s reputation and appeal among event organisers.<\/p>\n

Previous M&I Forums are estimated to have brought in millions of euros for their hosts. The size and audience of the Helsinki Forum merit a projection of 211 of new events and \u20ac16.9 million of travel revenue for Finland, the average budget for each event being \u20ac80,000.<\/p>\n

\u201cNaturally, it is impossible to accurately predict the overall impact of a positive experience, but word of mouth is known to be a very effective marketing tool in the event industry. We expect the event to attract customers that would be hard to reach through other channels\u201d, Toivonen says.<\/p>\n

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For more information, contact:<\/strong><\/p>\n

Mervi Toivonen, Manager, Global Sales and Business Events, Finpro, Visit Finland, Finland Convention Bureau, +358 50 554 5050, mervi.toivonen@finpro.fi<\/a><\/p>\n","excerpt":"

The event will introduce many visitors to Finland, increasing awareness on international markets.<\/p>\n","date":"10.7.2017","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/20131031_1029_L1007776_3916-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/20131031_1029_L1007776_3916.jpg","width":5925,"height":3958},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/20131031_1029_L1007776_3916-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/20131031_1029_L1007776_3916-300x200.jpg","width":300,"height":200},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/20131031_1029_L1007776_3916-768x513.jpg","width":768,"height":513},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/20131031_1029_L1007776_3916-1024x684.jpg","width":1024,"height":684},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/20131031_1029_L1007776_3916-600x401.jpg","width":600,"height":401},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/20131031_1029_L1007776_3916-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/20131031_1029_L1007776_3916-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/20131031_1029_L1007776_3916-930x400.jpg","width":930,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/20131031_1029_L1007776_3916-930x523.jpg","width":930,"height":523}}},{"id":2404,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/scandic-open-hotel-helsinki-railway-station\/","title":"Scandic to open a hotel in Helsinki Railway Station","content":"

Scandic Hotels will open a hotel consisting of 500 rooms in the facilities in 2020, which will splendidly complement the hotel provision in Helsinki and respond to the growth in work and leisure time travel. This hotel, functioning as a Helsinki landmark, will be one of Scandic\u2019s largest.
\n– For us, it is an honour to be able to open these historically significant premises to the public. We want to offer adventurous hotel stays to our clients that nurture the heritage left by Eliel Saarinen, relates Aki K\u00e4yhk\u00f6<\/strong>, Managing Director for Scandic Hotels Finland.
\n– We are satisfied and enthusiastic about the fact that we can plan and renovate the site together with Scandic. The location for the hotel is the best possible, and Scandic as the largest hotel operator in the Nordic countries is a marvellous partner in the project, Ari Talja<\/strong>, Exilion\u2019s Managing Director, commented.
\nThe main Helsinki Railway Station property was designed by Eliel Saarinen. The office premises of the Finnish Rail Administration, i.e. VR\u2019s current head office section, were completed in 1909.<\/p>\n

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Scandic Hotels will open a hotel consisting of 500 rooms in the facilities in 2020, which will splendidly complement the hotel provision in Helsinki and respond to the growth in…<\/p>\n","date":"3.7.2017","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Helsinki-Railway-Station-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Helsinki-Railway-Station.jpg","width":7265,"height":4849},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Helsinki-Railway-Station-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Helsinki-Railway-Station-300x200.jpg","width":300,"height":200},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Helsinki-Railway-Station-768x513.jpg","width":768,"height":513},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Helsinki-Railway-Station-1024x683.jpg","width":1024,"height":683},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Helsinki-Railway-Station-600x400.jpg","width":600,"height":400},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Helsinki-Railway-Station-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Helsinki-Railway-Station-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Helsinki-Railway-Station-930x400.jpg","width":930,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Helsinki-Railway-Station-930x523.jpg","width":930,"height":523}}},{"id":2411,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/suomi-kongressimaiden-vertailussa-pohjoismaiden-ykkonen\/","title":"Finland is Nordic number one in congresses","content":"

Finland hosted more congresses last year than any other Nordic country. Congresses form a considerable source of revenue for the travel industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n

The Union of International Associations\u2019 yearly report declares that Finland hosted the most international congresses among the Nordic countries in 2016. Finland hosted 651 international congresses for various organisations, with a total of 101,514 attendees.<\/p>\n

The number of congresses varies greatly year to year. Last year saw many major congresses that are not organised every year while the overall number of congresses was also high.<\/p>\n

\u201cWe have worked hard to make Finland an attractive venue for congresses, and it shows in the statistics\u201d, Mervi Toivonen<\/strong> from Finpro\u2019s Finland Convention Bureau explains.<\/p>\n

Solid Finnish know-how<\/strong><\/p>\n

The main reasons to organise congresses in Finland include safety, stability and strong infrastructure. When deciding on a region, one key element is accessibility.<\/p>\n

Around 70% of the congresses were held in Helsinki, but organisers are starting to show interest for other locations as well as capital cities. The second city for congresses was Tampere, but Turku, Espoo, Jyv\u00e4skyl\u00e4 and Oulu also hosted a number of large international congresses.<\/p>\n

Finland has a strong international reputation when it comes to organising conventions and congresses.<\/p>\n

\u201cWe have a committed, professional workforce with training and experience in events along with a network of volunteers. We have a genuine interest in producing welcoming, high-quality events for all. Finland is simply a joy to visit\u201d, M.sc Tarja Kohila<\/strong> summarises. She has worked actively over the years to bring international congresses to Finland and has encouraged other scientists to hold their events in Finland as well.<\/p>\n

Investment in congresses would benefit tourism in Finland<\/strong><\/p>\n

Finland has the potential to become an even more attractive destination for congresses and business events, but domestic investments have been conservative so far. One limitation for major congresses in Finland is our insufficient accommodation capacity.<\/p>\n

\u201cWe welcome all new hotel projects with open arms. At the moment, we can organise a congress for 8,000 attendees, but that\u2019s our limit\u201d, Toivonen states.<\/p>\n

Finnish university cities have their own Convention Bureaus that work tirelessly to bring large congresses to Finland. However, their staff is limited, and to make matters worse, universities have been forced to downsize their human resources, hindering their ability to compete for events.<\/p>\n

The average congress visitor is likely to spend up to five times more on their trip than a typical tourist would. Additionally, many visitors would consider coming back for a holiday after a congress.<\/p>\n

\u201cWe could grow our congress industry even more through investments, as our robust science communities and dependable organisers form a solid platform. The great thing is, the demand is there\u201d, Toivonen encourages.<\/p>\n

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For more information, contact:<\/strong><\/p>\n

Mervi Toivonen, Manager, Global Sales and Business Events, Finpro, Visit Finland, Finland Convention Bureau, +358 50 554 5050, mervi.toivonen@finpro.fi<\/u><\/a><\/p>\n","excerpt":"

Finland hosted more congresses last year than any other Nordic country. Congresses form a considerable source of revenue for the travel industry.<\/p>\n","date":"15.6.2017","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Header_Arktikum_Rovaniemi-1024x329-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Header_Arktikum_Rovaniemi-1024x329.jpg","width":1024,"height":329},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Header_Arktikum_Rovaniemi-1024x329-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Header_Arktikum_Rovaniemi-1024x329-300x96.jpg","width":300,"height":96},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Header_Arktikum_Rovaniemi-1024x329-768x247.jpg","width":768,"height":247},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Header_Arktikum_Rovaniemi-1024x329-1024x329.jpg","width":1024,"height":329},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Header_Arktikum_Rovaniemi-1024x329-600x193.jpg","width":600,"height":193},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Header_Arktikum_Rovaniemi-1024x329-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Header_Arktikum_Rovaniemi-1024x329-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Header_Arktikum_Rovaniemi-1024x329-930x329.jpg","width":930,"height":329},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/07\/Header_Arktikum_Rovaniemi-1024x329-930x329.jpg","width":930,"height":329}}},{"id":2399,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/scanvir-congress-turku-finland-2019\/","title":"ScanVir congress to Turku, Finland in 2019","content":"

A total of 250-300 virology experts from Scandinavia and elsewhere from Europe are expected to participate in the congress.<\/p>\n

Virology researchers PhD Sisko Tauriainen and PhD Laura Kakkola from the University of Turku say that in the end, Helsinki and Turku were the two cities competing to host the congress. The virologists stress that the decision to hold the congress in the facilities of the Radisson Blu Marina hotel was based on good experience.<\/p>\n

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The three-day Nordic ScanVir 2019 congress will be organised in Turku between 6 and 8 May 2019 and will be hosted by the Department of Virology of the University of…<\/p>\n","date":"22.5.2017","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/05\/Radisson-Blu-Marina-Palce-Hotel_lobby-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/05\/Radisson-Blu-Marina-Palce-Hotel_lobby.jpg","width":4000,"height":2222},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/05\/Radisson-Blu-Marina-Palce-Hotel_lobby-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/05\/Radisson-Blu-Marina-Palce-Hotel_lobby-300x167.jpg","width":300,"height":167},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/05\/Radisson-Blu-Marina-Palce-Hotel_lobby-768x427.jpg","width":768,"height":427},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/05\/Radisson-Blu-Marina-Palce-Hotel_lobby-1024x569.jpg","width":1024,"height":569},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/05\/Radisson-Blu-Marina-Palce-Hotel_lobby-600x333.jpg","width":600,"height":333},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/05\/Radisson-Blu-Marina-Palce-Hotel_lobby-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/05\/Radisson-Blu-Marina-Palce-Hotel_lobby-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/05\/Radisson-Blu-Marina-Palce-Hotel_lobby-930x400.jpg","width":930,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/05\/Radisson-Blu-Marina-Palce-Hotel_lobby-930x523.jpg","width":930,"height":523}}},{"id":2396,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/robots-invade-tampere-hall-spring-2018\/","title":"Robots invade Tampere Hall in spring 2018","content":"

The European Robotics Forum 2018 (ERF2018) <\/a>will be held in the Tampere Hall on 13\u250015 March 2018. ERF2018 covers current societal and technical themes related to the field of robotics. Interesting subjects will be discussed, including human-robot-collaboration and how robotics can improve industrial productivity and service sector operations.<\/p>\n

The conference also showcases the newest research in the field, and the projects funded under EU\u2019s Horizon 2020 research programme. The event offers Finnish companies a unique window to the European markets.<\/p>\n

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The European Robotics Forum (ERF), the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, will be held in Tampere in March 2018. 1000 European robotics top experts are expected…<\/p>\n","date":"9.5.2017","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen.jpg","width":567,"height":378},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen-300x200.jpg","width":300,"height":200},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen.jpg","width":567,"height":378},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen.jpg","width":567,"height":378},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen.jpg","width":567,"height":378},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen.jpg","width":567,"height":378},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen.jpg","width":567,"height":378}}},{"id":2390,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/finland-meetings-events-incentives-12017\/","title":"Finland for Meetings, events & incentives 1\/2017","content":"

Celebrating Finland and White Night Magic at IMEX! Find out about high class services in stunning natural surroundings<\/p>\n

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Celebrating Finland and White Night Magic at IMEX! Find out about high class services in stunning natural surroundings Read more<\/p>\n","date":"12.4.2017","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/04\/header_fcb-0117-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/04\/header_fcb-0117.jpg","width":562,"height":369},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/04\/header_fcb-0117-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/04\/header_fcb-0117-300x197.jpg","width":300,"height":197},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/04\/header_fcb-0117.jpg","width":562,"height":369},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/04\/header_fcb-0117.jpg","width":562,"height":369},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/04\/header_fcb-0117.jpg","width":562,"height":369},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/04\/header_fcb-0117-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/04\/header_fcb-0117-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/04\/header_fcb-0117.jpg","width":562,"height":369},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/04\/header_fcb-0117.jpg","width":562,"height":369}}},{"id":2367,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/2016-marks-record-breaking-year-international-congress-attendees-finland\/","title":"2016 marks a record-breaking year for international congress attendees in Finland","content":"

Altogether 101 515 international congress attendees visited Finland in 2016. In 2015, the comparable number was a fraction less than 76 000. The increasing number of large-scale international congresses held in Finland is chiefly responsible for the immense improvement.<\/p>\n

\u201cIn recent years, the annual number of congress visitors in Finland has most often settled at a little less than 80 000,\u201d says Mervi Toivonen<\/strong>, from Finpro\u2019s Finland Convention Bureau. \u201cThe main catalyst for such growth is an exceptionally busy year, with large international congresses that draw thousands of delegates.<\/p>\n

According to Toivonen, the results underline the long-term work of Finland in attracting international congresses. In future, keeping up with the current growth rate requires, among other things, upholding the appropriate hotel capacity.<\/p>\n

\u201cIt is not an easy task to attract events like these to Finland,\u201d Toivonen comments. \u201cThe application processes are typically long and international competition fierce.\u201d<\/p>\n

Besides, international congress attendees have a significant economic effect. A single congress delegate spends on average 1 635 euros during a visit to Finland. That is four-to-five times more than a regular tourist does. Thus, the 101 000 congress attendees of 2016 spent almost 166 million euros in Finland.<\/p>\n

Helsinki and Tampere fared especially well during the busy congress year, forming the top duo of Finnish cities by number of congress attendees. Turku, Jyv\u00e4skyl\u00e4 and Oulu rounded out the top five.<\/p>\n

The amount of international congress attendees in Helsinki grew by 72 percent in 2016. In Tampere, the growth rate also soared, at 45 percent.<\/p>\n

\u201cGlobally, organizers are becoming increasingly aware of all the potential locations to stage a congress, not just the big cities and capitals,\u201d Toivonen says. \u201cThe statistics indicate perfectly that Finland has a multitude of internationally recognized congress cities. Overall, this is excellent for Finland as a congress country.\u201d<\/p>\n

Top 5 Finnish cities by number of international congress attendees in 2016:<\/strong><\/p>\n

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  1. Helsinki 60 790<\/li>\n
  2. Tampere 10 797<\/li>\n
  3. Turku 6 299<\/li>\n
  4. Jyv\u00e4skyl\u00e4 4 540<\/li>\n
  5. Oulu 4 248<\/li>\n<\/ol>\n

    More information:<\/strong><\/p>\n

    Mervi Toivonen, Manager, Global Sales and Business Events, Finpro, Visit Finland, Finland Convention Bureau, puh. 050 554 5050, mervi.toivonen@visitfinland.fi<\/a><\/p>\n

     <\/p>\n","excerpt":"

    The number of international congress attendees visiting Finland grew by a whopping 33 percent in 2016. The record-breaking growth was especially visible in Helsinki, but other cities recorded considerable growth…<\/p>\n","date":"15.3.2017","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/10\/Espoo-Metro-Areena-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/10\/Espoo-Metro-Areena.jpg","width":3888,"height":2592},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/10\/Espoo-Metro-Areena-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/10\/Espoo-Metro-Areena-300x200.jpg","width":300,"height":200},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/10\/Espoo-Metro-Areena.jpg","width":768,"height":512},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/10\/Espoo-Metro-Areena-1024x683.jpg","width":1024,"height":683},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/10\/Espoo-Metro-Areena-600x400.jpg","width":600,"height":400},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/10\/Espoo-Metro-Areena-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/10\/Espoo-Metro-Areena-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/10\/Espoo-Metro-Areena-930x400.jpg","width":930,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/10\/Espoo-Metro-Areena-930x523.jpg","width":930,"height":523}}},{"id":2286,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/meet-espoo-nees\/","title":"Meet Espoo News","content":"

    Espoo, the second largest city in Finland, is a vibrant city full of contrasts.\u00a0In Espoo, modern architecture, large corporations and culture meet the unspoilt willderness.\u00a0 This innovative environment and spirit, complemented by the main campus of Aalto University, attracts continuous interest from science and research professionals worldwide.<\/p>\n

    Large natural areas are characteristic of Espoo: seashores, the archipelago, the wilderness in nature reserves and the waterways of the lake highlands. The cultural landscapes, constructed environments and natural areas of Espoo are like Finland in miniature. This, combined to Espoo’s location,\u00a0right next to capital Helsinki, creates vast opportunities to all sorts of business events. With Helsinki just a 15 minute ride away combine an event in Espoo with the Finnish capital and you have the very best of both worlds.<\/p>\n

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    Espoo has a lot to offer for Finland\u00b4s centenary celebration year, for example Conference hotel Hanasaari opens after renovation and Espoo hosts ICCA Scandinavian chapter meeting in March.<\/p>\n","date":"6.2.2017","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/02\/Tentsile_honkalintu_kuva_tiedote-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/02\/Tentsile_honkalintu_kuva_tiedote.jpg","width":1920,"height":735},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/02\/Tentsile_honkalintu_kuva_tiedote-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/02\/Tentsile_honkalintu_kuva_tiedote-300x115.jpg","width":300,"height":115},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/02\/Tentsile_honkalintu_kuva_tiedote-768x294.jpg","width":768,"height":294},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/02\/Tentsile_honkalintu_kuva_tiedote-1024x392.jpg","width":1024,"height":392},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/02\/Tentsile_honkalintu_kuva_tiedote-600x230.jpg","width":600,"height":230},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/02\/Tentsile_honkalintu_kuva_tiedote-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/02\/Tentsile_honkalintu_kuva_tiedote-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/02\/Tentsile_honkalintu_kuva_tiedote-930x400.jpg","width":930,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/02\/Tentsile_honkalintu_kuva_tiedote-930x523.jpg","width":930,"height":523}}},{"id":2282,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/49th-congress-international-academy-ceramics-iac-awarded-finland\/","title":"The 49th Congress of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) has been awarded to Finland","content":"

    More or less 300 people from 50 different countries are estimated to attend the congress in Lapland in the autumn 2020. The preliminary theme of the congress is \u201dOn the Edge\u201d. For the first time in its history, the event will take place in Finland with Rovaniemi and Posio as the main venues for the conference and the exhibition programme.<\/p>\n

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    The IAC General Assembly is a well-known and highly appreciated congress in the field of ceramics. Every two years the event brings together world-class artists and actors from the ceramic…<\/p>\n","date":"24.1.2017","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/tonttulakki-ceramics-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/tonttulakki-ceramics.jpg","width":3968,"height":2232},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/tonttulakki-ceramics-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/tonttulakki-ceramics-300x169.jpg","width":300,"height":169},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/tonttulakki-ceramics-768x432.jpg","width":768,"height":432},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/tonttulakki-ceramics-1024x576.jpg","width":1024,"height":576},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/tonttulakki-ceramics-600x338.jpg","width":600,"height":338},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/tonttulakki-ceramics-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/tonttulakki-ceramics-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/tonttulakki-ceramics-930x400.jpg","width":930,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/tonttulakki-ceramics-930x523.jpg","width":930,"height":523}}},{"id":2196,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/international-congress-entomology-2020-awarded-finland\/","title":"International Congress of Entomology in 2020 has been awarded to Finland","content":"

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    The congress will be hosted by the entomological societies in Finland.<\/p>\n<\/div>\n

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    The vision of prof. Hokkanen, who is also is the coordinator of a new UA Thematic Network on \u201cSustainable Production and Foraging of Natural Products in the North\u201c, is to connect the ICE 2020 with the work and activities of the UArctic.<\/p>\n<\/div>\n

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    The largest scientific congress of entomologists \u2013 International Congress of Entomology (ICE) will be held on 26-31 July, 2020, at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki.<\/p>\n","date":"3.1.2017","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/ENTOMOLOGY-421x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/ENTOMOLOGY.jpg","width":421,"height":421},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/ENTOMOLOGY-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/ENTOMOLOGY-300x300.jpg","width":300,"height":300},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/ENTOMOLOGY.jpg","width":421,"height":421},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/ENTOMOLOGY.jpg","width":421,"height":421},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/ENTOMOLOGY.jpg","width":421,"height":421},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/ENTOMOLOGY-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/ENTOMOLOGY-421x320.jpg","width":421,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/ENTOMOLOGY-421x400.jpg","width":421,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2017\/01\/ENTOMOLOGY.jpg","width":421,"height":421}}},{"id":2220,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/finlandia-hall-transfers-solar-power-among-first-congress-centres-europe\/","title":"Finlandia Hall transfers to solar power \u2013 among the first congress centres in Europe","content":"

    A total of 150\u2013170 solar panels were installed on the roof of Finlandia Hall. Experts have calculated the size of the system<\/div>\n
    to be 41 kW. The electricity provided by the system is estimated to cover a maximum of 20\u201325 percent of Finlandia Hall\u2019s total<\/div>\n
    monthly energy consumption.<\/div>\n
    <\/div>\n
    \u201cFinlandia Hall has strongly invested in environmental and energy matters over the past few years. Five years ago we started a<\/div>\n
    development project during which the building, originally built in the 1970s, was turned into an energy efficient one. District<\/div>\n
    heating consumption has been reduced by 50% and electricity consumption by 30%. These renewals have accumulated cost<\/div>\n
    savings worth hundreds of thousands of euros. The solar panels are a natural next step in this development,\u201d says Johanna<\/div>\n
    Tolonen, Managing Director at Finlandia Hall Ltd.<\/div>\n
    <\/div>\n
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    taking environmental issues into account in all their activities. The long-term development work culminated in Finlandia Hall<\/div>\n
    receiving the ISO14001 environmental certificate last autumn. Only less than one percent of Finnish companies have received<\/div>\n
    the certificate.<\/div>\n
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    Solar panels will be installed on the roof of congress and event centre Finlandia Hall Ltd. by the end of 2016. Finlandia Hall is among the first event centres in…<\/p>\n","date":"2.1.2017","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_ulkisivu_itapuolelta_east_side_facade_Photo_Rauno_Traskelin-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_ulkisivu_itapuolelta_east_side_facade_Photo_Rauno_Traskelin.jpg","width":2964,"height":2189},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_ulkisivu_itapuolelta_east_side_facade_Photo_Rauno_Traskelin-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_ulkisivu_itapuolelta_east_side_facade_Photo_Rauno_Traskelin-300x221.jpg","width":300,"height":221},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_ulkisivu_itapuolelta_east_side_facade_Photo_Rauno_Traskelin.jpg","width":768,"height":567},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_ulkisivu_itapuolelta_east_side_facade_Photo_Rauno_Traskelin-1024x756.jpg","width":1024,"height":756},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_ulkisivu_itapuolelta_east_side_facade_Photo_Rauno_Traskelin-600x443.jpg","width":600,"height":443},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_ulkisivu_itapuolelta_east_side_facade_Photo_Rauno_Traskelin-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_ulkisivu_itapuolelta_east_side_facade_Photo_Rauno_Traskelin-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_ulkisivu_itapuolelta_east_side_facade_Photo_Rauno_Traskelin-930x400.jpg","width":930,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_ulkisivu_itapuolelta_east_side_facade_Photo_Rauno_Traskelin-930x523.jpg","width":930,"height":523}}},{"id":2239,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/helsinki-won-innovation-award-helsinki-pioneering-greening-events-project\/","title":"Helsinki won the Innovation Award for their pioneering Greening Events project","content":"

    The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) has released today its first-ever ranking of the sustainability performance of 35 participating cities worldwide. The results were announced at the 2016 ICCA Congress, with the Leadership Award going to Gothenburg for attaining the highest overall score and the Innovation Award to Helsinki for their pioneering Greening Events project.<\/p>\n

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    The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) has released its first-ever ranking of the sustainability performance of 35 participating cities worldwide.<\/p>\n","date":"1.1.2017","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2013\/04\/Helsinki-Cathedral-930x400-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2013\/04\/Helsinki-Cathedral-930x400.jpg","width":930,"height":400},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2013\/04\/Helsinki-Cathedral-930x400-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2013\/04\/Helsinki-Cathedral-930x400-300x129.jpg","width":300,"height":129},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2013\/04\/Helsinki-Cathedral-930x400.jpg","width":768,"height":330},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2013\/04\/Helsinki-Cathedral-930x400.jpg","width":930,"height":400},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2013\/04\/Helsinki-Cathedral-930x400-600x258.jpg","width":60,"height":9999},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2013\/04\/Helsinki-Cathedral-930x400-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2013\/04\/Helsinki-Cathedral-930x400-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2013\/04\/Helsinki-Cathedral-930x400-930x400.jpg","width":930,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2013\/04\/Helsinki-Cathedral-930x400.jpg","width":930,"height":400}}},{"id":2261,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/finlandia-hall-recognised-excellence\/","title":"Finlandia Hall Recognised for Excellence","content":"

    \u201cIn recent years, we have engaged in a process to develop our operations and our competitiveness through joint working with our staff and partners. The Finlandia Hall team\u2019s commitment to continuous improvement is a key contributor to our excellent achievement. We are all firm believers in continually evolving our organisation for the better and also in the inspirational power of the events we host,\u201d<\/em> Finlandia Hall Managing Director Johanna Tolonen commented.<\/p>\n

    \u201cWe scored extremely well in the international EFQM assessment for a first-timer. This recognition will spur us on to achieve even better things in future, working as a team with our staff and partners,\u201d <\/em>Quality Manager Heidi Majaranta added.<\/p>\n

    Filandia Hall\u2019s staff recognition and incentive schemes, customer relations, commitment to sustainability and joint working practices with partners were highlighted as particular strengths by the external evaluation team. \u00a0The organisation also received praise for its leadership culture characterised by openness, inspiration, focus on learning and development and commitment to ongoing change. The assessment covered the entire organisation, including all its functions and outputs.
    \nFinland Hall also holds the international ISO 9001 quality certificate since 2003 and the ISO 14001 environmental certificate since 2015.<\/p>\n

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    Finlandia Hall is the first conference and events venue in the Nordic countries to be awarded a coveted four-star Recognised for Excellence rating. European Foundation for Quality Management presented the…<\/p>\n","date":"13.12.2016","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_itainen_julkisivu_Facade_Photo_Katri_Pyynonen-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_itainen_julkisivu_Facade_Photo_Katri_Pyynonen.jpg","width":4992,"height":3328},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_itainen_julkisivu_Facade_Photo_Katri_Pyynonen-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_itainen_julkisivu_Facade_Photo_Katri_Pyynonen-300x200.jpg","width":300,"height":200},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_itainen_julkisivu_Facade_Photo_Katri_Pyynonen.jpg","width":768,"height":512},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_itainen_julkisivu_Facade_Photo_Katri_Pyynonen-1024x682.jpg","width":1024,"height":682},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_itainen_julkisivu_Facade_Photo_Katri_Pyynonen-600x400.jpg","width":600,"height":400},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_itainen_julkisivu_Facade_Photo_Katri_Pyynonen-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_itainen_julkisivu_Facade_Photo_Katri_Pyynonen-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_itainen_julkisivu_Facade_Photo_Katri_Pyynonen-930x400.jpg","width":930,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2015\/02\/Finlandia-talo_itainen_julkisivu_Facade_Photo_Katri_Pyynonen-930x523.jpg","width":930,"height":523}}},{"id":2218,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/finland-meetings-events-incentives-22016\/","title":"Finland for Meetings, events & incentives 2\/2016","content":"

    Find out about high class services in stunning natural surroundings.<\/p>\n

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    Find out about high class services in stunning natural surroundings. Read more<\/p>\n","date":"20.11.2016","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/10\/fcb-0216-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/10\/fcb-0216.jpg","width":1115,"height":733},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/10\/fcb-0216-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/10\/fcb-0216-300x197.jpg","width":300,"height":197},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/10\/fcb-0216-768x505.jpg","width":768,"height":505},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/10\/fcb-0216-1024x673.jpg","width":1024,"height":673},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/10\/fcb-0216-600x394.jpg","width":600,"height":394},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/10\/fcb-0216-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/10\/fcb-0216-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/10\/fcb-0216-930x400.jpg","width":930,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/10\/fcb-0216-930x523.jpg","width":930,"height":523}}},{"id":2183,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/scientific-conference-promoter-award-2016-professor-marjaana-niemi\/","title":"Scientific Conference Promoter Award 2016 to Professor Marjaana Niemi","content":"

    The award was presented to Professor Niemi at Messukeskus Helsinki 21-22 September 2016. Professor Niemi specialises in urban history and has organised several seminars and congresses for the field, the latest and the biggest being the 13th International Conference on Urban History in August 2016. The event gathered over 600 participants from 50 countries and was organised in cooperation with the University of Tampere and the University of Helsinki.<\/p>\n

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    Professor Niemi works at the University of Tampere, School of Social Sciences and Humanity. The \u20ac5,000 award is donated by the Finnish Fair Foundation and the winner is selected by…<\/p>\n","date":"22.9.2016","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/VuodenTiedekongressivaikutt-400x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/VuodenTiedekongressivaikutt.jpg","width":400,"height":400},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/VuodenTiedekongressivaikutt-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/VuodenTiedekongressivaikutt-300x300.jpg","width":300,"height":300},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/VuodenTiedekongressivaikutt.jpg","width":400,"height":400},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/VuodenTiedekongressivaikutt.jpg","width":400,"height":400},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/VuodenTiedekongressivaikutt.jpg","width":400,"height":400},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/VuodenTiedekongressivaikutt-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/VuodenTiedekongressivaikutt-400x320.jpg","width":400,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/VuodenTiedekongressivaikutt-400x400.jpg","width":400,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/VuodenTiedekongressivaikutt.jpg","width":400,"height":400}}},{"id":2153,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/international-conference-gathers-plant-biology-researchers-turku-2018\/","title":"International Conference Gathers Plant Biology Researchers to Turku in 2018","content":"

    The International Conference on Arabidopsis Research is a yearly conference rotating between North America, Australasia and Europe. The conference is centered on all aspects of modern plant biology using thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) as a model system.<\/p>\n

    \u2013 The strong plant research community at the University of Turku together with the unique location\u00a0on the Baltic coast surrounded by numerous small islands makes Turku a memorable location for a scientific conference, says Dr. Michael Wrzaczek<\/strong> from the University of Helsinki, Department of Biosciences.<\/p>\n

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    The International Conference on Arabidopsis Research regularly brings together over 800 scientists from all corners of the world for five days to discuss all aspects of molecular plant science from…<\/p>\n","date":"13.9.2016","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/ICAR_480px-450x270.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/ICAR_480px.jpg","width":480,"height":270},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/ICAR_480px-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/ICAR_480px-300x169.jpg","width":300,"height":169},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/ICAR_480px.jpg","width":480,"height":270},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/ICAR_480px.jpg","width":480,"height":270},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/ICAR_480px.jpg","width":480,"height":270},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/ICAR_480px-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/ICAR_480px-450x270.jpg","width":450,"height":270},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/ICAR_480px.jpg","width":480,"height":270},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/09\/ICAR_480px.jpg","width":480,"height":270}}},{"id":1657,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/new-clarion-hotel-helsinki-opens-october-2016-2\/","title":"Two New Clarion Hotels open in October","content":"

    Clarion Hotel Helsinki will stand out from the crowd. The two window-clad towers are connected by a transparent glass footbridge. The highest of the towers will reach a full 78 metres above sea level. A vantage point is being built at the top, with a breathtaking view over Helsinki for everyone.<\/p>\n

    At Helsinki-Vantaa airport opens another unique Clarion hotel. Clarion Airport offers 12 flexible meeting facilities of varying size and the largest meeting room can accommodate up to 260 participants.<\/p>\n

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    In October 2016 opens a 78 metre-high hotel building with a convention centre for 1,000 people and 427 rooms.<\/p>\n","date":"7.9.2016","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/01\/Clarion-Hotel-Helsinki-Jatkasaari-Nordic-Choice-Hotels-610x400-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/01\/Clarion-Hotel-Helsinki-Jatkasaari-Nordic-Choice-Hotels-610x400.jpg","width":610,"height":400},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/01\/Clarion-Hotel-Helsinki-Jatkasaari-Nordic-Choice-Hotels-610x400-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/01\/Clarion-Hotel-Helsinki-Jatkasaari-Nordic-Choice-Hotels-610x400-300x197.jpg","width":300,"height":197},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/01\/Clarion-Hotel-Helsinki-Jatkasaari-Nordic-Choice-Hotels-610x400.jpg","width":610,"height":400},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/01\/Clarion-Hotel-Helsinki-Jatkasaari-Nordic-Choice-Hotels-610x400.jpg","width":610,"height":400},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/01\/Clarion-Hotel-Helsinki-Jatkasaari-Nordic-Choice-Hotels-610x400-600x393.jpg","width":600,"height":393},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/01\/Clarion-Hotel-Helsinki-Jatkasaari-Nordic-Choice-Hotels-610x400-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/01\/Clarion-Hotel-Helsinki-Jatkasaari-Nordic-Choice-Hotels-610x400-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/01\/Clarion-Hotel-Helsinki-Jatkasaari-Nordic-Choice-Hotels-610x400-610x400.jpg","width":610,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/01\/Clarion-Hotel-Helsinki-Jatkasaari-Nordic-Choice-Hotels-610x400.jpg","width":610,"height":400}}},{"id":1658,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/professor-environmental-engineering-jaana-sorvari-awarded-espoos-congress-ambassador-2016\/","title":"Professor of Environmental Engineering Jaana Sorvari awarded Espoo\u2019s Congress Ambassador 2016","content":"

    The decision was based in Sorvari\u2019s active work in national and international scientific research groups and organizations. Even though Professor Sorvari is still a newcomer in the business of organizing international conferences, she has shown enthusiasm and courage to take up the challenge.<\/p>\n

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    Associate Professor Jaana Sorvari from Aalto University’s School of Engineering has been chosen as Espoo Ambassador 2016. Espoo Ambassador operates as a congress ambassador of Espoo in Finland and abroad.…<\/p>\n","date":"24.8.2016","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Espoo-Ambassador_2016-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Espoo-Ambassador_2016.jpg","width":3000,"height":2000},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Espoo-Ambassador_2016-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Espoo-Ambassador_2016-300x200.jpg","width":300,"height":200},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Espoo-Ambassador_2016-768x512.jpg","width":768,"height":512},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Espoo-Ambassador_2016-1024x683.jpg","width":1024,"height":683},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Espoo-Ambassador_2016-600x400.jpg","width":600,"height":400},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Espoo-Ambassador_2016-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Espoo-Ambassador_2016-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Espoo-Ambassador_2016-930x400.jpg","width":930,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Espoo-Ambassador_2016-930x523.jpg","width":930,"height":523}}},{"id":1653,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/new-boutique-hotel-opened-helsinki-hotelf6\/","title":"New boutique hotel opened in Helsinki – HotelF6","content":"

    Hotel F6 is situated right at the city center on a side street of well-known Esplanade. Everything is just a few minutes\u2019 walk away. If you want peace and quiet you can find it in hotels tranquil courtyard.<\/p>\n

    There are 66 rooms in the hotel and they are refurbished elegantly and stylish, but at the same time they are very cozy and warm. Materials are high quality and not just for style but also for sustainability. This shows in all of hotels choices, for example, hotels electricity is produced with wind and water.<\/p>\n

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    Unique boutique Hotel F6 is located at the city center of Helsinki. It is a family owned hotel with home-like feeling and customer oriented service.<\/p>\n","date":"11.8.2016","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Hotel-H6_9-300x300.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Hotel-H6_9-300x300.jpg","width":300,"height":300},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Hotel-H6_9-300x300-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Hotel-H6_9-300x300.jpg","width":300,"height":300},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Hotel-H6_9-300x300.jpg","width":300,"height":300},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Hotel-H6_9-300x300.jpg","width":300,"height":300},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Hotel-H6_9-300x300.jpg","width":300,"height":300},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Hotel-H6_9-300x300-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Hotel-H6_9-300x300.jpg","width":300,"height":300},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Hotel-H6_9-300x300.jpg","width":300,"height":300},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/08\/Hotel-H6_9-300x300.jpg","width":300,"height":300}}},{"id":1634,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/germans-impressed-finlands-innovative-conference-expertise\/","title":"Germans impressed with Finland\u2019s innovative conference expertise","content":"

    As one of the leading conference countries in the world, Germany is constantly developing and renewing its activities. One of the latest innovations is the Future Meeting Space project built around the idea of a shift in conference culture and the utilisation of current development trends.<\/p>\n

    The institutions behind the project, the German Convention Bureau (GCB), the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, conducted a benchmarking visit to Finland in May together with Finpro\u2019s Finland Convention Bureau, Helsinki Convention Bureau and Visit Espoo. For two days, Finns presented their expertise in eight locations. Special attention was paid to Huone Events Hotel for its original service concept and story, the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia for its exotic atmosphere, and Finlandia Hall and Helsinki Music Centre for their beautiful architecture.<\/p>\n

    \u201cOur trip to Finland was truly an eye-opening experience. Helsinki is a great place for mapping innovations and new ideas related to conference travel. Some of the most fascinating things included focusing on new sustainable solutions and the integration of the young generation,\u201d says Heike Mahmoud of visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office, one of the five supporting partners.<\/p>\n

    \u201cFinland is a country full of creativity, thrilling ideas, sustainability, a content-related link between science, research and innovation for meeting spaces.\u201d, tells Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of GCB German Convention Bureau e.V.<\/p>\n

    Finland was visited by 76,000 conference tourists last year. Finland attracts visitors particularly with its unspoilt nature, start-up culture and exotic charm.<\/p>\n","excerpt":"

    German Convention Bureau (GCB), the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, conducted a benchmarking visit to Finland in May together…<\/p>\n","date":"28.6.2016","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/kuva-GCB-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/kuva-GCB.jpg","width":4288,"height":2848},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/kuva-GCB-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/kuva-GCB-300x199.jpg","width":300,"height":199},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/kuva-GCB-768x510.jpg","width":768,"height":510},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/kuva-GCB-1024x680.jpg","width":1024,"height":680},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/kuva-GCB-600x399.jpg","width":600,"height":399},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/kuva-GCB-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/kuva-GCB-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/kuva-GCB-930x400.jpg","width":930,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/kuva-GCB-930x523.jpg","width":930,"height":523}}},{"id":1631,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/new-event-facilities-tampere-hall\/","title":"New event facilities in Tampere Hall","content":"

    Concert and Congress Centre Tampere Hall is experiencing the biggest makeover in its 25-year history and driving for an increase in revenue and visitor volume in the upcoming years. Several projects are intended to boost the Hall\u2019s competitiveness: the new event facility extension in May 2016, revamped restaurants and lobby point in Winter 2016 and Spring 2017, and the Moomin Museum, which will open in May 2017, just in time to celebrate Finland\u2019s 100th independence anniversary. Valued at around EUR 22 million, the overall renovation of the Hall and its services serves to increase the already-strong appeal and development of the Tampere region.<\/p>\n

    The extensive investments of Tampere Hall made in 2015\u20132017 are the result of collaboration between its owner, City of Tampere authorities, and various regional and national partners. The first visible results of the project were revealed in May 2016, when three new meeting and event facilities \u2013 Maestro, Riffi and Duetto 1 & 2 \u2013 were opened in the renovated area.<\/p>\n

    <\/a>Read more<\/a><\/p>\n","excerpt":"

    Concert and Congress Centre Tampere Hall is experiencing the biggest makeover in its 25-year history. Several projects are intended to boost the Hall\u2019s competitiveness: the new event facility extension in…<\/p>\n","date":"22.6.2016","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen-450x320.jpg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen.jpg","width":567,"height":378},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen-150x150.jpg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen-300x200.jpg","width":300,"height":200},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen.jpg","width":567,"height":378},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen.jpg","width":567,"height":378},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen.jpg","width":567,"height":378},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen-210x140.jpg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen-450x320.jpg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen.jpg","width":567,"height":378},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/06\/nettiin-maestro-tamperetalo-kuva-janne-viinanen.jpg","width":567,"height":378}}},{"id":1607,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/new-scandic-hotel-vaasa\/","title":"New Scandic Hotel to open in Vaasa","content":"

    The hotel, which has 68 rooms today, will be expanded to include close to 140 hotel rooms at the same time as the hotel\u2019s conference and congress facilities will be expanded. The expansion is expected to be finished at the end of 2017.<\/p>\n

    “Finland is an important growth market for Scandic and today, we are already the biggest hotel company in the Helsinki area. With Scandic Vaasa, we are further strengthening our network in the Finnish market”, says Frank Fiskers, President & CEO Scandic Hotels Group.<\/p>\n

    “Vaasa is the largest economic center in the \u00d6sterbotten region and part of Finland\u2019s fastest growing area. By opening Scandic Vaasa we will further contribute to the attractiveness of the destination”, says Aki K\u00e4yhk\u00f6, Head of Scandic Hotels Finland.<\/p>\n

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    Scandic Hotels, the largest hotel company in the Nordic countries, has signed a long-term lease agreement with Airaksinen Capital to take over the operation of the former Kantarellis hotel in…<\/p>\n","date":"18.5.2016","thumbnail":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/05\/Scandic-Vaasa-Finland-450x320.jpeg","thumbnail_size":"lift_landscape","thumbnail_images":{"full":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/05\/Scandic-Vaasa-Finland.jpeg","width":1700,"height":1135},"thumbnail":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/05\/Scandic-Vaasa-Finland-150x150.jpeg","width":150,"height":150},"medium":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/05\/Scandic-Vaasa-Finland-300x200.jpeg","width":300,"height":200},"medium_large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/05\/Scandic-Vaasa-Finland-768x513.jpeg","width":768,"height":513},"large":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/05\/Scandic-Vaasa-Finland-1024x684.jpeg","width":1024,"height":684},"wysija-newsletters-max":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/05\/Scandic-Vaasa-Finland-600x401.jpeg","width":600,"height":401},"news_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/05\/Scandic-Vaasa-Finland-210x140.jpeg","width":210,"height":140},"lift_landscape":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/05\/Scandic-Vaasa-Finland-450x320.jpeg","width":450,"height":320},"carousel_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/05\/Scandic-Vaasa-Finland-930x400.jpeg","width":930,"height":400},"slideshow_image":{"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/6\/2016\/05\/Scandic-Vaasa-Finland-930x523.jpeg","width":930,"height":523}}},{"id":1602,"url":"http:\/\/www.visitfinland.com\/fcb\/news\/nearly-76000-conference-tourists-visited-finland-2015\/","title":"Nearly 76,000 conference tourists visited Finland in 2015","content":"

    The competition for conference tourists is intense. Last year, the five most popular conference cities in Finland were Helsinki, Tampere, Turku, Espoo and Oulu. <\/strong><\/p>\n

    Finland continued its run as an attractive conference country last year, hosting a total of 682 conferences (708 in 2014) and 75,846 delegates (79,000 in 2014). According to delegate numbers, the most popular conference cities were Helsinki, Tampere, Turku, Espoo and Oulu.<\/p>\n