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 100 international conventions annually, attended by more than 20 000 delegates. In addition, another 1 600 international meetings are held in Helsinki every year, with nearly 100 000 participants.

On top of that, a great number of national conferences, events and theme days take place in Helsinki year after 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.

City Facts

Population: 600.000.

– The Helsinki metropolitan area has close to 1.3 million inhabitants.

Transport connections:

– The Helsinki-Vantaa international airport is situated 20 kilometres, or a 25-minute drive from the city centre. Approximately 180 international flights arrive daily at the airport.
– There is a daily train service from and to St. Petersburg and Moscow.
– There are daily ferry services from and to Estonia, Sweden and Germany and three times a week from and to Poland.


Helsinki City Tourist & Convention Bureau
Pohjoisesplanadi 19
P.O. Box 28
FI-00099 City of Helsinki
Phone +358 9 310 36152
Fax +358 9 310 13301

Helsinki Region

Compared to major metropolises, the beat of Helsinki is laid-back and relaxed. Most of the city’s tourist attractions and hot spots are within walking distance from each other. The public transport system is comfortable and reliable, and has been ranked among the best in Europe.

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