In recent years, Finland has consistently ranked among top 20 congress destinations in the world. Around 700-800 international association meetings are held in Finland annually, attended by more than 80,000 delegates.
Finns are experienced event organisers, and all services are first class; in a recent FCB survey, nine out of ten congress attendees found the safety of Finnish host cities to be either good or very good. As a bonus, Finnish friendliness received special thanks.
Accessibility, innovations and High Education Attract Meetings
Contrary to popular belief, Finland is easy to get to. 200 international flights arrive daily at the Helsinki international airport. Several other cities in Finland are also served by direct international flights.
Leading universities, specialised hospitals and research institutes help attract international congresses to Finland. Finns are experts in the fields of technology, biochemistry and medicine, among others.
High educational standards have contributed to the emergence of high technology – Finland has more internet connections per capita than any other country.
A Wide Range of Meeting Venues
Finland offers a variety of high quality venues; everything from a conference center for 10,000 people to an intimate log cabin for 20 can be found here. Altogether, Finland offers 10 venues that can accommodate 1,000 to 10,000 persons, and the largest fixed meeting room has 4,400 seats.
Clean Nature – a Finnish Asset
Finland is a land of countless lakes, forests, fells and archipelagos – it is one of the most extensive and unspoiled natural environments in Europe. It is also a country of contrasts, the Midnight Sun in the summer and the Polar Night and the Northern Lights in the winter serving as great illustrators of that.
Activities in the white summer nights include river rafting, sailing schooners or river boats, fishing, golfing and biking, just to name a few.
Winter activities come in the form of snowmobile, dogsled and reindeer safaris, winter driving academies, snow karting, ice breaker cruises and more. In wintertime buildings crafted from snow and ice are great for hosting dinners and get-togethers – or even spending the night, if feeling adventurous.
Finland has been amongst the happiest nations in the world for several years now according to the UN’s World Happiness Report, and we Finns largely attribute our happiness to the connection we have to nature. Preserving nature and adopting sustainable practices is a key issue nationally in Finland. To help the travel & meetings industry towards more sustainability, Visit Finland has developed the Sustainable Travel Finland programme. Read more about Finland’s sustainability efforts here.
Majority of congress venues and hotels in Finland have been granted an environmental certificate and have a strong commitment to a sustainable society. Even the hotels that don’t have an official eco certificate, do have an environmental plan regarding food, water, cleaning, laundry, waste management and energy consumption.
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Finland Convention Bureau promotes Finland as an international meetings destination. We offer advice and first-hand introduction to Finland when planning an international meeting, event or congress. All our services are free of charge.
Located between East and West, with snowy winters and warm, light-filled summers, Finland offers a number of fascinating contrasts. Finland’s unspoilt forests, as well as its thousands of islands and lakes, offer plenty of opportunities for visitors to enjoy beautiful natural surroundings.
Finland facts and general information is available on the thisisFINLAND site, produced by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Encounter with a Bear – how to go bear watching in Lakeland
With some 2,000 brown bears freely roaming the country, Finland offers the best bear watching safaris in Europe. In the central and eastern forests of Lakeland, several companies organize bear watching and photography trips between April and September.