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Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a modern and vibrant city with over half a million residents. Helsinki’s attractive and unique character comes from its proximity to the Baltic Sea, as well as its location between the East and the West. Design, architecture, culture as well as large park areas, forests, lakes, and the coastline with numerous islands invite to enjoy its vibrant yet close-to-nature atmosphere.

Helsinki is a compact city, easily explored by foot or it’s very well-functioning public transportation system.


In 2011, the Monocle magazine ranked Helsinki the most liveable city in the world; Helsinki is one of the world’s cleanest and safest capitals. Also, Finnish design has made the Finland’s capital city world famous; Helsinki was nominated the World Design Capital 2012.

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Congress language
The official conference language will be English. No simultaneous interpretation will be arranged.

Non-smoking policy
Smoking will be prohibited at the congress venue.

Climate and clothing
The average day-time temperature in Finland in August is around 20°C. Evenings may be cooler.

More information about the weather: 
Finnish Meteorological Institute
Open Weather site for Finland

Currency and credit cards
The official currency in Finland is Euro (€). Most major credit cards are accepted in hotels and shops. VISA, MasterCard and Eurocard are accepted at the conference registration desk. Personal or company cheques will not be accepted at the registration desk or shops. Traveller’s cheques can be cashed in banks and exchange bureaus.
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All restaurant prices and taxi fares include service, but good service in the restaurant can be rewarded with a tip. Tipping is at guest’s discretion in hotels.

Passport & VISA
Foreign nationals free of visa can enter Finland (the Schengen area) presuming that they have a valid passport or another travel document accepted by Finland. Check if you will need a visa and which travel documents  are accepted by Finland:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland
Visa requirements / Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Travel Insurance
All delegates are recommended to have travel insurance to cover non-attendance due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances.

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