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The Biggest in 2016 The world’s leading organisation in the field of health and reproductive medicine, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), held its Annual Meeting of…

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ICANN held its policy forum in Finland for the first time on 27-30 June 2016.

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World Building Congress was held in Tampere Hall, Tampere on 30 May-3 June 2016 with 620 participants.

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The 23rd Nordic Congress of Gerontology (23 NKG) was held in Tampere Hall, Tampere on 19-22 June 2016 with 920 participants.

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International Conference, Smart Cities in Smart Regions 2016, gathered 250 experts, scholars and students to Sibelius Hall, Lahti on 10–12 May 2016

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Ninth edition of European Maritime Day was arranged in Logomo, Turku on 18-19 May 2016

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ESGCT and FSGT Congress Finlandia Hall 17.-20.9.2015

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Open Innovation thought leaders gathered in Espoo 7-9. 6.2015 to discuss themes including entrepreneurship, startups, smart cities and digital platforms

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NBC Nordic Business Forum 9-10.2014 / Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre

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AIPPI Forum / Executive Meeting was a huge success in Helsinki.

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22.5.2017

ScanVir congress to Turku, Finland in 2019

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 Turku Faculty of Medicine.

A total of 250-300 virology experts from Scandinavia and elsewhere from Europe are expected to participate in the congress.

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.

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9.5.2017

Robots invade Tampere Hall in spring 2018

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 to attend the conference.

The European Robotics Forum 2018 (ERF2018) will be held in the Tampere Hall on 13─15 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.

The conference also showcases the newest research in the field, and the projects funded under EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme. The event offers Finnish companies a unique window to the European markets.

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12.4.2017

Finland for Meetings, events & incentives 1/2017

Celebrating Finland and White Night Magic at IMEX! Find out about high class services in stunning natural surroundings

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15.3.2017

2016 marks a record-breaking year for international congress attendees in Finland

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 figures as well.

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.

“In recent years, the annual number of congress visitors in Finland has most often settled at a little less than 80 000,” says Mervi Toivonen, from Finpro’s Finland Convention Bureau. “The main catalyst for such growth is an exceptionally busy year, with large international congresses that draw thousands of delegates.

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.

“It is not an easy task to attract events like these to Finland,” Toivonen comments. “The application processes are typically long and international competition fierce.”

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.

Helsinki and Tampere fared especially well during the busy congress year, forming the top duo of Finnish cities by number of congress attendees. Turku, Jyväskylä and Oulu rounded out the top five.

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

“Globally, organizers are becoming increasingly aware of all the potential locations to stage a congress, not just the big cities and capitals,” Toivonen says. “The statistics indicate perfectly that Finland has a multitude of internationally recognized congress cities. Overall, this is excellent for Finland as a congress country.”

Top 5 Finnish cities by number of international congress attendees in 2016:

  1. Helsinki 60 790
  2. Tampere 10 797
  3. Turku 6 299
  4. Jyväskylä 4 540
  5. Oulu 4 248

More information:

Mervi Toivonen, Manager, Global Sales and Business Events, Finpro, Visit Finland, Finland Convention Bureau, puh. 050 554 5050, mervi.toivonen@visitfinland.fi

 

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Arktikum - stories about the people of the North Arktikum provides a unique insight into the way of life, culture and history of the North. It is a museum, science…

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Finlandia Hall in Helsinki is the leading congress, event and entertainment venue in Finland. Centrally located, in park-like surroundings, Finlandia Hall is ideal for conferences and exhibitions, as well as…

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The impressive wooden congress and concert centre rose on the Lake Vesijärvi waterfront in spring 2000. The main source of inspiration in the design was the Finnish forests. Sibelius Hall…

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The new congress and culture center of the Åland Islands was opened in March 2009. This multi-functional venue is situated in the center of the unique archipelagic city Mariehamn, in…

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Finland is easy to get to. An average of 200 international flights arrive daily at Finnish airports, around 90 per cent of them at Helsinki airport.
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