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



Scientific Conference Promoter Award 2016 to Professor Marjaana Niemi

Professor Niemi works at the University of Tampere, School of Social Sciences and Humanity. The €5,000 award is donated by the Finnish Fair Foundation and the winner is selected by the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies.

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.

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International Conference Gathers Plant Biology Researchers to Turku in 2018

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 research on plant growth and development to improving plant tolerance to adverse environmental conditions.

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.

– The strong plant research community at the University of Turku together with the unique location on the Baltic coast surrounded by numerous small islands makes Turku a memorable location for a scientific conference, says Dr. Michael Wrzaczek from the University of Helsinki, Department of Biosciences.

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Two New Clarion Hotels open in October

In October 2016 opens a 78 metre-high hotel building with a convention centre for 1,000 people and 427 rooms.

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.

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.


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Professor of Environmental Engineering Jaana Sorvari awarded Espoo’s Congress Ambassador 2016

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. The award was presented 24th of August 2016 during the annual Espoo Ambassador event at Aalto University Design Factory. Professor Sorvari is the 8th Espoo Ambassador.

The decision was based in Sorvari’s 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.

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New boutique hotel opened in Helsinki – HotelF6

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.

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

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.

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Germans impressed with Finland’s innovative conference expertise

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’s Finland Convention Bureau, Helsinki Convention Bureau and Visit Espoo.

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.

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’s 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.

“Our 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,” says Heike Mahmoud of visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office, one of the five supporting partners.

“Finland is a country full of creativity, thrilling ideas, sustainability, a content-related link between science, research and innovation for meeting spaces.”, tells Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of GCB German Convention Bureau e.V.

Finland was visited by 76,000 conference tourists last year. Finland attracts visitors particularly with its unspoilt nature, start-up culture and exotic charm.

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