In recent years, Finland has consistently ranked among top 20 congress destinations in the world. Just short of 500 international association meetings are held annually in Finland, attended by 60,000 delegates.
Finns are experienced event organisers, and all services are first class; In a recent FCB survey, nine out of 10 congress attendees found the safety of Finnish host cities to be either good or very good. As a bonus, Finnish friendliness received special thanks.
Accessibility and High Education Attracts Meetings
Contrary to popular belief, Finland is easy to get to. Around 180 international flights arrive daily at Helsinki-Vantaa international airport. Several other cities in Finland are also served by direct international flights.
Leading universities, specialised hospitals and research institutes help attract international congresses to Finland. Finns are experts in the fields of technology, biochemistry and medicine, among others.
High educational standards have contributed to the emergence of high technology – Finland is well known for its mobile phones and boasts more internet connections per capita than any other country.
A Wide Range of Meeting Venues
Finland offers a variety of high quality venues; everything from a conference center for 10,000 people to an intimate log cabin for 20 can be found here. Altogether, Finland offers 10 venues that can accommodate 1,000 to 10,000 persons, and the largest fixed meeting room has 4,400 seats.
Clean Nature – a Finnish Asset
Finland is a land of countless lakes, forests, fells and archipelagos – it is one of the most extensive and unspoiled natural environments in Europe. It is also a country of contrasts, the Midnight Sun in the summer and the Polar Night and the Northern Lights in the winter serving as great illustrators of that.
Activities in the white summer nights include river rafting, sailing schooners or river boats, fishing, golfing and biking, just to name a few.
Winter activities come in the form of snowmobile, dogsled and reindeer safaris, winter driving academies, snow karting, ice breaker cruises and more. In wintertime buildings crafted from snow and ice are great for hosting dinners and get-togethers – or even spending the night, if feeling adventurous.
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Finland Convention Bureau promotes Finland as an international meetings destination. We offer advice and first-hand introduction to Finland when planning an international meeting, event or congress. All our services are free of charge.