Scandic Marina Congress Centre
A unique congress center located right in the heart of the city with waterfront location and only a short walk from Helsinki centre. The Congress Center is an incomparable venue for conferences and events with an on-site hotel next door.
00160 Helsinki, Finland
+358 9 47399339
Helsinki is a modern city, with half a million residents, nicely situated by the Baltic Sea. Helsinki is the center of Finland’s administrative, educational and cultural life. It is also the finance and business center of the country. Together with its neighboring cities Helsinki forms the metropolitan area with more than one million inhabitants.
Helsinki is 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. Helsinki is unique among the Northern European cities. The lifestyle in the second-most northern capital city in the world is full of contrasts and activities also in the form of hundreds of events and friendly people.
Helsinki’s identity has been formed by cultural influences from both the East and West. Over 450 years of history, several architectural layers and the impact of different periods can clearly be seen in the city. The beauty of the surrounding nature blends seamlessly together with high-tech achievements and design, while old traditions mix with the latest contemporary trends.
Everything is nearby – Helsinki is a pocket-sized metropolis that is ideal for visitors!
Helsinki Airport (IATA code: HEL), also known as Helsinki - Vantaa Airport is located in the city of Vantaa, 17 km north of Helsinki. Is the main airport of Finland that serves Helsinki metropolitan region. It is also a popular transfer point between Asia and Europe, due to it's geographical location and fast and easy transfers.
It was originally built for the 1952 Summer Olympic Games. In 2013, the airport served 15 Million passengers, being the fourth busiest airport in the Nordic countries and the 30th busiest airport in Europe. Is considered one of the best airports in Europe by some surveys.
How to get between the airport and the city center
Local trains I and P operate between Helsinki Airport and the city centre on the Ring Rail Line. The journey time between the airport and the city centre (Central Railway Station) is approximately half an hour. A regional ticket costs 5,50 euros and can be purchased from Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) ticket machines and onboard trains from a ticket sales carriage.
The Finnair City Bus operates between the airport and city centre (Elielinaukio) every 20 minutes and takes around 30 minutes. A single ticket costs 6.20 euros when purchased online in advance or 6.30 euros from the driver.
Bus 615 (“Lentoasema-Rautatientori”) is operated by Helsinki Region Transport (HSL). A regional ticket costs 5,50 euros and can be purchased from Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) ticket machines or from the driver with cash. At night you can also take the 415N night bus.
You can also travel conveniently between the airport and the city centre by taxi, which will cost around 45 euros.
Helsinki has a well working public transport system consisting of bus, tram, metro, local railway and ferry services. Compared to some other cities worldwide, the public transport is considered very safe. The system is managed by Helsinki Region Transport.
Public transport map https://www.hsl.fi/en/timetables-and-routes/routemaps
In Helsinki, taxi's can't usually be stopped in the streets, as it's not mandatory for taxi drivers to pick up passengers. Instead, there are plenty of taxi stands all over the city, where the queues at weekend nights might be quite long. Fares are standardised and based on the kilometres and cannot be negotiated. Helsinki taxis accept the most common credit cards.
Finland is part of the European Monetary Union. In 2002 the Euro was introduced as currency.
Voltage: 220-240 Volts. Electrical sockets (outlets) in Finland are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The "Type C" Europlug and the "Type E" and "Type F" Schuko.
Finland has two official languages, Finnish and Swedish. Street signs in Helsinki are in both languages. English is widely spoken and most Finns also master one or two other foreign languages.
Finland is in the Eastern European Time Zone, 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2 ).
Safety and Security
Finland’s capital has been named the world’s second safest city by human resources consulting firm Mercer.
The rankings assessed 230 cities worldwide, taking into account internal stability, crime levels, performance of local law enforcement and relationship with other countries. Helsinki shared second place with the Swiss cities of Bern and Zurich. Luxembourg was ranked first.
With a stable political and economic environment, Finland is a safe and secure environment for business, tourism, and living. Crime statistics remain low compared to other developed countries.
It is safe to drink tap water in Helsinki.
Helsinki has well over one thousand restaurants where you will find everything from gourmet delights to bistro treats. Every visitor is sure to find something to fit and surprise their own taste.
In just a short time Helsinki has developed into the home of good food. “New Nordic Cuisine” has taken over the scene and found a truly receptive audience among the trendy small restaurants that have been established in recent years by up and coming chefs.
Dinner is normally eaten around 19-20 pm and restaurants in Helsinki close 23-24 pm.
Tipping is not expected in Finland and a service charge is added in hotels and restaurants. Finnish people do tip only if they wish to appreciate good service or delicious food. It is not obligatory to give a tip to the taxi drivers.
There is a law that forbids smoking in public areas like shops, offices, buses etc.
The Main tourist attractions in Helsinki
Helsinki Cathedral and Senate Square
Senate Square and its surroundings form a unique cohesive example of Neoclassical architecture. The square is dominated by four buildings designed by Carl Ludwig Engel. Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, the main building of the University of Helsinki and the National Library of Finland.
Helsinkis iconic harbourfront market sells traditional and seasonal foods, as well as handicrafts and souvenirs.
Completed in 1868 in the Katajanokka district of Helsinki, Uspenski is the largest Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe. The redbrick edifice combines Eastern and Western influences: the facade represents classic Slavic traditions, while the interior reflects both Byzantine traditions and the influence of Italian art.
Quarried out of the natural bedrock it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Helsinki, as well as a popular venue for concerts.
Lakes and forests characterise the expansive Finnish landscape. Finland is also renowned for mobile phones, design and Moomins.
Finland is called 'the land of the thousand lakes', as inland lakes and rivers make up 10% of the country. The large areas of forest cover almost two thirds of the land mass. Only 6% of Finland is arable.
Finland has a population of 5.5 million, around a million of whom live in the area in and around the capital city, Helsinki.
A significant Swedish-speaking minority lives in Finland, so Finnish and Swedish are both official languages.
Finland is a republic. The president, who is directly elected by the people, has real power over foreign affairs, EU policy and major military decisions. In all other matters, the parliament is the the country's highest authority.
Finland is a member of the EU, and its currency is the euro. The country is not a member of NATO.
The forestry, technology and metal industries are Finland's most important revenue sources. Finland is the world's biggest producer of mobile phones.
More information about Finland at http://www.visitfinland.com.
General Delegate Information
The Meeting will be conducted in English.
Letter of Invitation
Upon request, the Secretariat will send a personal letter of invitation to participate in the Meeting. It should be understood that such an invitation is only meant to assist participants to raise travel funds or obtain a visa and does not represent a commitment on the part of the Organizing Committee.
Flights & Transportation
Participants should book their flights to Helsinki Airport, Vantaa, Finland with their travel agent, or directly on the internet.
Ground Transportation between the Airport and the Venue
The cost for a one-way trip is approximately 45-50EUR, depending on time of day and number of pieces of luggage. The trip should take about 30 minutes, depending on traffic.
Trains and busses
The information about trains and buses from/to airport is availble here. The easiest way in by bus 615 to Rautatientori (terminus) > Tram 4 (dir. Katajanokka) 5 stops to Kauppiaankatu (just 3 min from the venue). Ticket 5,50 EUR – travel time 70 minutes.
The weather in Helsinki in May is can be from 4°C to 15°C and more. The weather can change studently from sun to rain showers and back in short time.
The currency in Finnland is EURO.
Finnalnd is part of the European Union. For detailed conditions visit web of the Finnish Immigration Service here.
Personal travel, luggage and health insurance are recommended. Please purchase this from your local travel agent. Kindly note the organizers and other sponsors cannot be responsible for participants lacking appropriate insurance coverage in case of eed.