Finland

Finland is situated in northern Europe between the 60th and 70th parallels of latitude. The Baltic Sea surrounds most of its western and southern coast. The population is approximately 5,4 million.

Finland has two official languages: Finnish and Swedish. Most of the Finnish people speak English.

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Espoo

Espoo is the second largest city in Finland and is located next to the capital city of Helsinki. Espoo is a centre of international company headquarters and high-technology businesses. The special feature of the city is an urban structure that relies on five different centres, dominated by detached houses that combine urban and rural living.

Helsinki

Helsinki - the capital of Finland - is located on the Gulf of Finland, in Southern coast of Finland. There are about 600.000 inhabitants in Helsinki. Helsinki is also one of the world's most popular conference cities and has a reputation as an interesting, safe, clean and welcoming host.

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How to get there?

Finland is easily accessible from all directions either by air or sea and it has excellent connections with the rest of Europe and the world. There are several daily direct flights to Helsinki from most European capitals.

Airport transport

Both Helsinki city centre and Espoo is about half an hour ride from the Helsinki airport by taxi or bus.

Bus stops and taxis are situated directly outside the Arrivals Hall. The Finnair airport buses [.pdf] depart for the Helsinki central railway station at 20 minutes intervals; the fare is EUR 6,30 (rate January 2013) payable to the driver. There are cash dispensers and money exchange facilities in the Arrivals Hall of the airport. It is recommended to take a taxi if you are staying in Espoo hotel.

The Airport Taxis (yellow minibuses) can be booked at the booths in the Arrivals Hall. Prices vary according to the number of persons and start from 27,50 euros (1-2 persons). They will take you to any address in the city. A regular taxi ride to the city centre costs about 50 euros. Taxi drivers accept major credit cards and do not expect tips.

Passport and visa

Citizens of the European Union Countries and several other countries do not need a visa for entering Finland.

Detailed information about the passport and visa requirements can be found at website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Letter of invitation

On request the Conference Office will provide a personal invitation to participate in the conference. Such an invitation is only meant to help the invited participants obtaining a visa. It does not represent any commitment on the part of the organisers to provide any financial support.

Insurance

Please check the validity of your own insurance. The Conference organisers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained or loss of, or damage to, property belonging to delegates or the registered accompanying persons during the Conference.

Local time

The time in Finland is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). See world times.

Currency

The currency of Finland is the Euro. All major Credit cards are widely accepted in Finland. Exchange bureaux with flexible opening hours, such as Forex, are located at the airport, the central railway station and in main shopping centres.

VISA, Eurocard, MasterCard, Amex and Diners are accepted at the Conference registration desk.

Public transport

Public transport in the metropolitan area is well organized. The ticket can be directly purchased on the bus or tram. You can also purchase a 1-7 days ticket.

Electricity

Electricity in Finland is 230 Volts (50Hz). Plugs and sockets are the same as in the continental countries of the EU. In case your equipment requires different voltage or plugs, please bring an adapter.