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Meet Finland and Northern Light Magic at IBTM Barcelona! Find out about high class services in stunning natural surroundings

Meet Finland and Northern Light Magic at IBTM Barcelona! Find out about high class services in stunning natural surroundings

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New Espoo Metro Areena for events

The events arena located in the Tapiola Sports Park (Urheilupuisto) has been renamed Espoo Metro Areena.

The Mayor of Espoo Jukka Mäkelä explains that the new name communicates the opportunities that the metro brings to the area.

“The metro will connect the Sports Park to Tapiola so that it will become part of the area’s development and its wide range of commercial services and cultural activities. It will also connect the Sports Park to the business hub in Keilaniemi and the scientific community in Otaniemi. The trip from Tapiola to the Sports Park station, Urheilupuisto, will only take a minute,” he says.

“The aim is to use Espoo Metro Areena for a variety of events and boost the use of the venue as part of the long-term development of the Sports Park. The metro will open up new opportunities to develop the Sports Park area as well as areas surrounding the other new metro stations.”

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Finlandia Hall awarded

Finland Hall Helsinki has been awarded with the ISO14001 environmental certification.

Finlandia Hall Helsinki has been awarded with the ISO14001 environmental certification. Finlandia Hall is an internationally popular and noted congress and event centre where hundreds of different kinds of domestic and foreign events are organised every year. The ecological aspect of organising events is now trending amongst congress organisers. “When the organisers of international congresses and events are looking for a venue, responsibility is one of the factors affecting the choice of location,” says Johanna Tolonen, CEO of Finlandia Hall.

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The Scientific Conference Power Player award was given at Messukeskus, Helsinki.

Professor Siltanen is awarded for his efforts to promote organising international science conferences in Finland.

In picture from left Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, Mrs Lea Ryynänen-Karjalainen, Executive Director; Messukeskus Helsinki, Mrs Anni Vepsäläinen Managing Director and Mrs Susanne Massingberd-Roinila, Congress Manager; Award winner Mr Samuli Siltanen Professor.

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University of Turku to Host International Ornithology Conference in August 2017

The next international Conference of the European Ornithologists’ Union (11th EOU Conference 2017) will be held in Turku 18–22 August 2017. The University of Turku was chosen as the host of the biennial EOU conference in this year’s conference in Spain in August.

​The international five-day EOU 2017 conference for ornithologists will be held in Turku on 18–22 August 2017. The conference consists of three conference days and field trips for smaller groups. The conference will bring around 400-450 delegates from over 20 countries to Turku.

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Helsinki to host two major congresses

Helsinki has won two major congresses for the years 2017 and 2019. The congresses will be held at Messukeskus and Finlandia Hall.

The annual congress of the International Federation of Surveyors, FIG Working Week, will be organised in Helsinki in 2017 and The Federation of European Toxicologists & European Societies of Toxicology voted Helsinki as the host city of their congress in 2019.

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Professor of Nuclear Engineering awarded Espoo’s Congress Ambassador 2015

Engineering physics professor, Filip Tuomisto from Aalto University School of Science is chosen as EspooAmbassador 2015. EspooAmbassador operates as a congress ambassador of Espoo in Finland and abroad.

The award was presented 27th of August 2015 during the annual Espoo Ambassador event at Aalto University Design Factory. Professor Tuomisto is the 7th Congress Ambassador in Espoo.
The decision was based in Tuomisto’s active work in national and international scientific research groups and organizations. Professor Tuomisto has been involved in a number of program and organizing committees of international congresses, and thus have had a positive impact for the role of Espoo and Finland within the international scientific communities.

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13th European Geoparks Conference 2015 Rokua, Finland

Rokua Geopark has the honor of hosting the next European Geoparks Conference. The conference will be held in Finland at Rokua Geopark and at the city of Oulu from 3rd to 6th of September 2015.

Rokua Geopark is located in Northern Finland, about 200 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle and it is currently the northernmost Geopark in the world. The closest airport is the Oulu airport, situated less than an hour’s drive from the Geopark. Besides plane, the Geopark is easy to access by train or car.

The Geoparks theme is: Heritage of the Ice Age, as the traces of the last ice age are exceptionally visible here. The bedrock here is among the oldest in Europe, as it dates back up to 2.7 billion years. Besides the geology the area has significant cultural and biological heritage.

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Finland Fact Book

Invest in Finland has published the latest version of the Finland Fact Book.

Invest in Finland has published Finland Fact Book which introduces Finlands businesses and investment possibilities. Interesting facts about the economy, business environment and innovations in Finland.

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International conferences bring income to Finland- last year the conferences generated 130 million euros in tourism income

Finland is highly attractive conference destination. During their stay in Finland, international conference delegates spend four times more than average tourists. In addition to generating income, conferences also boost innovation and investments in the long term.


Finland is a highly attractive conference destination. During their stay in Finland, international conference visitors spend four times more than average tourists. In addition to generating income, conferences also boost innovation and investments in the long term.

International conferences are a major source of income for Finland. Last year, they generated about 130 million euros in tourism income. This sum has been growing steadily throughout the 2010s. In 2010, conferences generated a total of 72 million euros and in 2013 already 117 million euros.

A typical conference delegate stays in Finland for an average of five days and spends about 1,635 euros (including accommodation) during the visit. The figures are taken from surveys conducted in collaboration with Taloustutkimus.

–        The time and money spent in this country are the two factors that make conference delegates so interesting for Finland. A five-day visit is between two and three days longer than a visit by an average tourist. Moreover, conference delegates spend between four and five times more money during their stay than ordinary tourists. According to Leena Sipilä, Convention Director at Finland Convention Bureau, these are substantial sums for which there is intense competition among world countries.

Finland remains a highly attractive conference destination. Finland was ranked 19th in the annual statistics of the Union of International Associations (UIA). Helsinki moved up two places and was listed 18th in the city rankings. A total of 181 countries and 1,465 cities are included in the list.

High degree of expertise an important attractiveness factor

Last year Finland hosted a total of 708 conferences, which had almost 80,000 participants. This is twice as many as ten years ago and the last three years have been record-breaking. In addition to safety, effectiveness and a fascinating location, Finland can also rely on a number of areas of excellence as a conference destination.

  • Finland is a strong player in many sectors of science. We have 21 universities and other higher education institutions, we have an innovative IT cluster and we are pioneers in corporate responsibility. The presence of scientific communities is extremely important when international conferences are seeking a host country, Leena Sipilä explains.


Most of the conferences held in Finland deal with the following categories: medical and health technology, IT sector, natural sciences and mathematics, and business, industries and communications in general.


  • It should also be remembered that in addition to generating direct income, all conferences also provide the host country with more intangible benefits. Most of the people attending international conferences are top experts in the fields in question and it is extremely important to show them the level of expertise and excellence that Finland possesses. In the long run, they help Finland to attract innovations, investments and trade. Besides, conferences also help Finland to build its image. All this means that we should give conferences a high priority, concludes Sipilä.



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