Finland Marks Record Congress Year

Latest statistics by Finland Convention Bureau (FCB) show that a record-breaking 635 international congresses were held in Finland in 2012. The number of attending delegates reached 77 222.

Compared to previous years, the number of international congresses organized in Finland went up by approximately 60 per cent.

A key factor in the impressive rise in total congress numbers is the excellent co-operation between institutes of higher education and various organizations.

City convention bureaus work closely with FCB and branches of industry. In addition, regional congress organizations have great processes in place for gathering statistical data. Recently set up Congress Network Finland is an organization aiming to develop the congress industry and educate professionals in the field.

– Information sharing, industry meetings, education and networking have been keywords among Finnish congress professionals of late. The whole industry has drawn from previous years’ experiences and started working together towards increasing figures with great results, says Leena Sipilä, Convention Director at FCB.

In 2013, FCB is carrying out a detailed survey on congress delegates, aiming to further investigate delegates’ use of money as well as their impressions of Finland as a congress destination. Another main objective is to investigate the effects congresses have on local income and employment.

Top 5 Finnish Congress Cities in 2012

City Number of congresses Number of delegates
Helsinki 254 40 478
Espoo 78 8 001
Tampere 73 7 300
Turku 65 5 074
Jyväskylä 63 4 802
Total (whole of Finland) 635 77 222



Another record year for congresses in Finland

2017 saw more congresses organised in Finland than ever before. Last year totalled 791 congresses for international organisations with a record-breaking 111,188 guests, an increase of 22% from the previous year.

Most of the congresses were held in the Helsinki region. For 2017, the number of congresses in Helsinki increased by 28% and by 54% in Espoo. Tampere, Turku and Jyväskylä maintained their ranking among the top five cities to host congresses in terms of guests. Jyväskylä and Kuopio also showed a positive trend by hosting more congresses and guests than in previous years.

“This is the second year in a row that we’ve seen substantial growth for both the number of congresses and guests. The processes involved can be lengthy and international competition is fierce. Therefore these results are definitely a sign of long-term success with procurement”, says Mervi Toivonen from Business Finland’s Finland Convention Bureau.

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Messukeskus Helsinki started the hotel renovation – the objective is the best event hotel in Northern Europe

Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre, will renovate its Holiday Inn hotel’s rooms and service concept in a year long project. The new concept will bring the fair program to be a part of the hotel guest’s service experience and will also revolutionize the restaurant world of the Messukeskus.

The hotel renovation that is starting now will cover the entire building, from hotel rooms to service points and from technology to interior design. At the same time the service concept will be tailor-made to meet the needs of clients participating in the Messukeskus events.

“1.2 million different kinds of visitors visit the Messukeskus every year; there is something happening in the halls and meeting rooms all the time. Our milieu is unique. In addition to business travellers, our revamped hotel will provide unique service particularly to families with children,” says Anni Vepsäläinen, Managing Director of the Messukeskus.

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Professor of neurology Hilkka Soininen is the first Kuopio ambassador

Hilkka Soininen, professor of neurology at the University of Eastern Finland and senior physician of neurology at Kuopio University Hospital, is Kuopio’s first congress ambassador. Soininen is active in international research and she represents gloriously the expertise of her area in the world.

The rewarder, Kuopio Convention Bureau, emphasizes Soininen’s activity in domestic and foreign research teams. She also actively invites both domestic and international congresses to Kuopio, promoting the growth of congress tourism in the region.
– Kuopio Ambassador selection highlights the importance of scientific congresses for the researcher, the organization she represents, the city of Kuopio, the entire region and the companies in the area, says Kirsi Vartiainen, Marketing Manager at Kuopio Convention Bureau.
– With the Kuopio Center for Neurology, Soininen has organized more than twenty international congresses focusing on neurological diseases research, continues Vartiainen.

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Symphony of Extremes, Born from Finnish DNA

Composer Eicca Toppinen is one of the most famous Finnish musicians in the world. His band Apocalyptica and their symphonic heavy metal music has been winning over hearts since 1993.

Composer Eicca Toppinen is one of the most famous Finnish musicians in the world. His band Apocalyptica and their symphonic heavy metal music has been winning over hearts since 1993. Eicca, who lives in the woods of Sipoo near Helsinki, finds different extremes and their combinations fascinating in his personal life as well.

Finland is a nation of extreme differences. Not only in our seasons and nature, but people as well. To celebrate Finland’s centennial, Visit Finland delved into our nation’s character more vocally than ever before by turning the Finnish genotype into music.

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Visit Finland Christmas Calendar

Visit Finland is celebrating Finland’s 100th year of independence with a Christmas Calendar.

Visit Finland is celebrating Finland’s 100th year of independence with a Christmas Calendar. This is how it works:
Every day a new window can be opened. Behind each window is a question about Finland. Once answered correctly, you can participate in a contest to win a bag full of Finnish design and goodies!

There is a new bag to be won every day for 23 days. On the 24th one can participate to win the main prize: flights for two to Finland during year 2018!

The calendar image is designed by Matti Pikkujämsä, Helsinki-based artist. Find the Christmas Calendar here.

Merry Christmas!

Ps. The contest is over and the winners have been contacted via e-mail.

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Finland for Meetings, events & incentives 2/2017

Meet celebrating Finland at IBTM Barcelona! Find out about Finland’s high class services in stunning natural surroundings at our stand E05

Meet celebrating Finland at IBTM Barcelona! Find out about Finland’s high class services in stunning natural surroundings at our stand E05

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Docent Pia Siljander is this year’s Scientific Conference Power Player

This year’s Scientific Conference Power Player prize was awarded to Docent Pia Siljander from the University of Helsinki.

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.

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Professor of Wood Architecture Pekka Heikkinen awarded as the Espoo Ambassador 2017

Professor Pekka Heikkinen from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture has been selected as the Espoo Ambassador 2017.

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.

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.

(In the picture from left Mayor of the City of Espoo Jukka Mäkelä, Professor and Espoo Ambassador Pekka Heikkinen, CEO Espoo Marketing Jaana Tuomi)

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