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City Facts

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

Built on the Baltic peninsula located between east and west, it’s a city full of contrasts. Light and white in summer, and dark, but full of warmth in winter. Modern and cutting edge, yet steeped in fascinating past. Cosmopolitan and compact capital where form follows the function, where both sea and deep forests are just a stone’s throw away.

Dedicated conference city

Helsinki hosts an average year of 100 international conventions attended by more than 20 000 delegates and 1600 international meetings with nearly 100 000 delegates. Adding to that, there are innumerable national conferences, events and theme days annually. However, it’s about more than dedication that keeps Helsinki ahead of the pack when it comes to arranging meetings, conferences and conventions of any size. It’s about northern professionalism and unparalleled service. And it’s about the substantial benefits of Helsinki.  

Facts and Figures

Population in Helsinki: 576 632.
The Helsinki metropolitan area has close to 1.3 million inhabitants.   

Transport connections:

The Helsinki-Vantaa international airport is situated 19 kilometres / 25 min. drive from the city centre. Around 180 international flights arrive daily at the airport.
  There is a daily train service from/to St. Petersburg and Moscow.
  There are daily ferry services from/to Estonia, Sweden and Germany and three times a week from/to Poland.


Meeting facilities

The largest meeting venue is the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre, which can accommodate 4 400 in one room (hall 1 – Amfi). Meetings and events hosting up to 10,000 people can be arranged in the exhibition halls of the Fair Centre.
See a detailed list of facilities offered by FCB members in Helsinki

Total accommodation

60 hotels, 8 000 rooms (summer hotels included). Metropolitan area 80 hotels 11 600 rooms.   

Education & Research

Helsinki is the home of several large institutes of higher education and research.
The University of Helsinki is the largest university in Finland, with 35,000 students. It is also the largest medical faculty in the country. The University is rated as one of the twelve best research universities in Europe. The university has an excellent international network, including co-operation agreements with universities in around 80 countries and regions.
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 here
Biotechnology has emerged as the future growth sector. The Science Park in Viikki, Helsinki is one of the leading biotechnology enterprise and research centres in Europe.

Your contact in Helsinki
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


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