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 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 - 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.
For further information about Helsinki please visit
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.
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.
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.
The time in Finland is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). See
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
VISA, Eurocard, MasterCard, Amex and Diners are accepted at the Conference
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
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.
Tipping is not expected in Finland.