In recent years Finland has consistently ranked among the top twenty congress destinations in the world with an average ranking of 15th. Each year Finland hosts almost 500 international association meetings that are attended by a total of 60,000 delegates from around the world.
Leading universities and polytechnics, world-class professors and researchers, and specialised hospitals and research institutes help attract international association meetings to Finland. Finns are among the leading experts in the world in the fields of technology, biochemistry and medicine, among others.
Finland is conveniently located between East and West, and it is easy for congress visitors to hop over to St. Petersburg, Tallinn or Stockholm, for example. Flying to Lapland is also fast and easy. Finland is a land of archipelagos, lakes, forests and fells. The country's conference and accommodation services are first class, regardless of whether they are offered in the centre of town or in the middle of the clean and beautiful nature. Finns are friendly, and everything here works. Finland really is the promised land for international meetings and congresses!
10 good reasons to meet in Finland
1. Easy to reach
Around 180 daily international flights operate to and from Helsinki. Finnair is the national airline, and SAS/Blue1 also has very good connections to Finland. Helsinki-Vantaa regularly ranks among the very best airports in the world.
Around 1,100 venues representing the highest international standards are located throughout the country. These include all varieties, from congress centres and hotels to log cabins, spas and cruise ships. Whether you have your meeting in the city or in the countryside, you can rest assured that your stay will be comfortable, friendly and excellent value for money.
3. Safety and security
Finland is a safe destination with a low crime rate - even in capital city Helsinki visitors can walk safely through all parts of town. Finland is politically stable and one of the least corrupt countries in the world.
4. High standards of education and technology
Finland is one of the most popular congress countries in the world. It is known for its competitive economy and national creativity. The global mobile phone company Nokia is just one example of Finnish high-tech know-how.
Finland has more than 180,000 lakes and endless forests. The coastline is 1,100 kilometres long, with countless beautiful islands and coastal indentations. Finland offers one of the most extensive and unspoiled natural environments in Europe. Finland's environmental sustainability is among the top 10 in the world.
6. Innovation and creativity
Finns enjoy a high standard of living and hold cultural expression of all kinds in high regard. Our architecture and design is well known all over the world. Many architectural landmarks can be admired throughout Finland. World-class Finnish Design is highlighted in our textile and glass products.
Finnish cuisine combines Scandinavian simplicity, arctic flavours and pure, organic ingredients. Fish, meat, fresh berries and vegetables are all delicious specialities. Experience an unforgettable festival of flavour in Finland!
8. Seasonal sources of inspiration
Finland offers countless summer and winter activities to choose from. In Lapland you can join a snowmobile or reindeer safari, for example. In summertime you can enjoy sailing, fishing, hiking, golfing, ATV safaris, saunas by the lake or in the sea, and so much more. Finns simply adore outdoor life!
In Finland everything works well, and Finnish suppliers are always professional. Finnish people are friendly and hospitable, and English is widely spoken across the country.
In Lapland you can experience the Polar Night in wintertime and the Midnight Sun in summertime. Southwest Finland has the most beautiful archipelago in the world. We have snow and ice, the Northern Lights and thousands of pristine lakes, rivers and brooks with drinkable water.