Friendly. Northern. Functional. Human size. Easy to reach. Helsinki is all that, and more!

Built on the Baltic peninsula located between east and west, Helsinki is a city full of contrasts: light and white in the summer, and dark, but full of warmth in the winter; modern and cutting edge, yet rooted in fascinating history.

Helsinki is a cosmopolitan and compact capital where form follows function, and both the sea and deep forests lie just a stone’s throw away.

Congress Capital

Helsinki hosts an average of 300-400 international association meetings annually, attended by more than 40 000 delegates. On top of that, a great number of national conferences, events and theme days take place in Helsinki each year.

Service and Education

What keeps Helsinki ahead of the pack in arranging meetings, conferences and conventions, is northern professionalism complemented by an unparalleled level of service.

Being the capital of Finland, Helsinki is the home of several large institutes of higher education and research. The University of Helsinki, with its 35,000 students, is the largest university in Finland. It is also the largest medical faculty in the country, and rated one of the top twelve research universities in Europe.

Budding IT Sector

The university has an excellent international network, including co-operation agreements with universities in around 80 countries. The University of Helsinki actively participates in a number of top international research units that have been chosen by international scientific committees.

Helsinki is the centre of Finnish economic and business activity and is home to around 48,000 companies. Many regional headquarters of Finnish and international corporations are located in Helsinki, as is the country’s largest port.

The continually growing IT sector is concentrated strongly in the Helsinki Region, providing 16 percent of all jobs in the area.


Helsinki is a modern, pocket-sized European city known for design and high technology. Helsinki’s attractive and unique character comes from its proximity to the sea, as well as its location between the East and the West.