Finland and Helsinki
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 5.2 million.
Finland has two
official languages: Finnish and Swedish. Most of the Finnish people speak
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The Finnish metropolitan area consisting of the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and
Vantaa is located on the Gulf of Finland, in Southern coast of Finland. There
are about 1 million inhabitants in the area.
For further information about the area please visit
City Tourist & Convention Bureau
of the Helsinki City and the Metropolitan Area
The Helsinki city centre is about half an hour ride from the Helsinki-Vantaa
airport by bus or taxi.
Bus stops and taxis are situated directly outside the Arrivals Hall. The
Finnair airport buses depart for the central railway station at 20 minutes
intervals; the fare is EUR 5,90 (rate March 2010 ), payable to the driver.
There are cash dispensers and money exchange facilities in the Arrivals Hall
of the airport.
The Airport Taxis
can be booked at the booths in the Arrivals Hall. Prices vary according to the
number of persons and start from 25 euros (1-2 persons). They will take you to
any address in the city. A regular taxi ride to the city centre or to
Hanasaari costs about 40 euros. Taxi drivers accept major credit cards and do
not expect tips.
Please remember to mention Cultural Centre Hanasaari in Espoo to avoid a
possible confusion with Hanasaari in Helsinki.
Transfer Helsinki - Hanasaari Cultural Centre (Espoo)
Hanasaari enjoys a frequent and high standard bus service. Hanasaari Cultural
Centre is served by all buses operating along the west way from Helsinki
(local Espoo bus nos. 102-166). The Espoo buses start from platforms 42-55 in
the the bus terminal Kamppi which is centrally located. Further information
and the timetables can be found in Helsinki
Region Transport’s web site. To reach Helsinki from Hanasaari, take
any bus of nos 102-166 passing the Hanasaari bus stop on the Cultural Centre’s
side of the highway.
A single fare is EUR 4 and the tickets can be bought from bus driver. The
ticket type to be purchased is a regional ticket (=”seutulippu”). The bus stop
Hanasaari is about 300 metres from the venue.
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.
visa requirement [.pdf] in the Schengen area and the travel documents
accepted by Finland.
Please check the validity of your own insurance. The Symposium 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