The most functional city in the world

Helsinki is a relaxed, friendly and safe city that invites you to enjoy and make use of your stay to the full. Helsinki is practically a walking city: it is compact and easy to navigate on foot. Practically everything – hotels, restaurants, cafés, shops and sights – is within a walking distance. You can also use Helsinki’s efficient public transport system, consisting of bus, tram, metro, local trains and ferry services. Helsinki is one of Europe’s fastest growing and developing cities. Pure nature, greenness and proximity to the sea are assets of Helsinki.

Helsinki is also a city of fascinating contrasts. You can find extremes of pulse and peace just around the corner from each other. Helsinki is filled with surprises and contrasts, with light summers and dark winters, urban nature and science & arts.

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.

Helsinki aims to be the most functional city in the world and is committed to offering more sustainable lifestyles for each and every resident. The goal is to do everything a little better, more responsibly and more sustainably all the time – as well as to be carbon neutral by 2035. Helsinki Marketing has launched Sustainable Meetings Guidelines. The objective of this guide is to help you make more sustainable choices when organising conferences and meetings.

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

The University of Helsinki is listed among the world’s top 100 universities. Three out of four Finns speak English, and almost half of all Finns speak two other languages in addition to Finnish. Finland is also the most literate country in the world, and our teachers are the world’s best.

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 it is the country’s largest port.


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.