General information

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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Hämeenlinna

Hämeenlinna is a traditional and vibrant educational and cultural town at the junction of nationally important rail, road and waterway network.

The city's landmark is its medieval red brick castle and Hämeenlinna is also famous for its unique Aulanko Park and as the birthplace of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Hämeenlinna is The World Capital of Sibelius.

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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.


How to get to Hämeenlinna from Helsinki and the airport
The venue, Hotel Rantasipi Aulanko, is located in the city of Hämeenlinna, about 100 km north of Helsinki.
You can take bus or train there either from Helsinki City Centre or directly from the Helsinki airport.

Train
From Helsinki city centre: The trains leave from the Helsinki main railway station.
From the airport: The nearest railway station for long-distance trains is in Tikkurila where you can get in 10 minutes by a local train P which runs every 10-20 depending on the time of day.
See timetables for trains to Hämeenlinna: http://www.vr.fi/en/index/aikataulut.html.

Bus
From Helsinki city centre: The buses with some exceptions leave from Kamppi shopping centre from the long distance bus terminal in the K level.
From the airport: The buses for Hämeenlinna leave from the terminal 1 and 2 in the airport every hour.
See timetables: http://www.matkahuolto.fi/en

 
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. 

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.

Tipping

Tipping is not expected in Finland.

 

 

 For additional information, please contact NORDTRIB 2016 Organising committee: nordtrib2016@vtt.fi