Lunch and venue map will be in your conference bag. If you plan to participate to Saturday meetings then please print your map here. Note it is best at A3 size. Here is a list of lunch places as a pdf with links to restaurant pages.
A map of Helsinki will be in your conference bag as well.
You may also use our online conference map.
An online Helsinki map with address search.
Time in Finland is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) but during the conference time difference is 3 hours ahead of GMT because of summer time. Time difference to Central European Summer Time is 1 hour. You may check the time difference to other time zones here.
The Finnish currency unit is the euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents.
Climate and weather
Helsinki’s climate is typical of its northerly situation. Its intermediate climate combines characteristics of both a maritime and a continental climate. The proximity of the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic creates cold weather, while the Gulf Stream brings in warmer air. In end of June max temperature is in average 21 C and minimum temperature 10 C.
Check more accurate weather information.
Helsinki-Vantaa airport is located north of Helsinki. It takes about 30-40 minutes to reach the City centre.
You will find Helsinki Region Tourist Information in Terminal 2A.
The taxi journey from the airport to the city centre takes nearly half an hour and costs about 45-50 euro. The taxi stations are located right outside the arrival areas of the terminals.
There are also three taxi operators at Helsinki-Vantaa airport that offer special taxi services, fixed fare shared taxi and chartered drives. For the location, opening hours and contact information of taxi operators go to here.
Taxis can be obtained by telephone (see telephone directory under Taksi) or from taxi ranks. The central taxi reservation number in Helsinki is 0100 0700.
Tipping is not necessary for Finnish taxi drivers. You can of course round the bill up to the nearest full amount if you feel you’ve been treated with good service and smooth ride.
Finnish taxis are comfortable, safe and modern cars. Fitted with the latest GPS navigation systems, even the most remote addresses are easily found. But due to the Finnish language, which may be rather difficult to pronounce, it is advisable to write down the address of your destination.
Bus from and to the Airport
You can take a Finnair Bus form the Aiport to downtown Helsinki. Download a timetable. Bus fare is 6,30 euro. Bus will take you to the Central Railway station (Elielinaukio). Bus will leave from the same place Platform 30. Journey time 30 minutes.
There is a public bus no 615 which leaves from platform 2 (Terminal 1) and platform 21 (Terminal 2) and goes to the Central Railway station (Rautatientori, note other side of the railway station than Finnair bus), bus takes 40 minutes. See route map and timetable. Bus fare is 4,50 euro. If you are arriving during the night you may take bus no 620 see route map and timetable. Bus fare is 6,00 euro (between 2 am and 4.30 am). From Helsinki Bus 615 will leave from platform 3 (note that bus will leave from Rautatientori).
If you want to take a tram to the Marina Congress Centre from the railway station you should take tram no 2 (line number is changing from 3T 17th June) towards Eteläranta, then change to tram no 4 at Aleksanterinkatu (Second stop after railway station). Your final stop is Katajanokanpuisto. You may also consider walking to Aleksantarinkatu stop and take tram 4 directly there (distance 500 m).
A free ticket to the Helsinki public transport is included for the registered conference participants and accompanying persons from Sunday to Friday (30.6-5.7).
You may plan your trips using a travel planner.
Bottled mineral water is available in shops and restaurants, but Finnish tap water is of the highest quality and can be consumed freely throughout the country.
The mains voltage in Finland is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The electrical sockets used in Finland are type F. This will take plugs C or F (see pictures).
There are no public telephone booths available in Helsinki so please use your own mobile. International call prefix is 00.
VAT and Tax free shopping
Value added tax is added to invoices and normally included in the displayed total price for goods and products in Finnish shops and restaurants. The standard rate for VAT, the initials for which are ALV in Finnish, is 24 per cent, with a rate of 14 per cent for food and animal feed and 10 per cent for transport.
Anyone permanently resident outside the EU and Norway can shop tax free in Finland, thus saving about 12 (max. 16) per cent on purchases of over 40 e.
Only stores with TAX FREE SHOPPING signs will provide customers with a cheque covering the VAT refund; this can be cashed on leaving the last EU country visited.The cheque, together with the goods purchased, should be presented at the point of departure. The refund will be paid in cash. Tax-free purchases must be taken out of Finland or the EU in unused condition.
If the goods are carried out of the EU from any country other than Finland, Sweden, Norway or Denmark, the cheque must be stamped by the customs upon departure from the last EU country. The cheque can also be cashed at Global Refund offices at all main airports.
Export service: Goods can be sent direct to an address abroad or to a traveller’s plane or ship. The sales tax of 24 per cent is then deducted.
American Express, Diner’s Club, Eurocard, Access, Master Card and Visa are accepted in hotels, restaurants, larger shops, and department stores. Visa Electron is also accepted in many shops and department stores.
During the summer, mosquitoes are a nuisance in the countryside, especially in the north of Finland. In cities there are almost no mosquitoes. Finnish mosquitoes are a nuisance rather than a hazard, but you can protect yourself from mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and trousers, especially at dusk, and using mosquito repellent, which is available in shops and at kiosks. The pharmacies also sell cream for easing the effects of the bites. If you are taking Tour 1 or Tour 2 we advise you to have a long sleeves/trousers when we walk in the forest.
Finland is officially bilingual: Finnish is the first language of 92% and Swedish of 5.5% of the population. About 1,700 people in Lapland speak Sami (Lapp) languages.
Swedish-speaking Finns, of whom there are about 300,000, are mainly along the coast of the south and the south-west archipelago and along the shore of the Gulf of Bothnia to the west. Swedish is the official language on the Åland Islands.
Finnish is the mother tongue of only about five million people in the world, so being able to speak foreign languages is essential for Finns. This is an advantage for foreign visitors, because many Finns speak English, German or some other European language.
Finnish has a reputation for being a difficult language, with many declensions and long words. You don’t have to learn how to pronounce these words, but to help you get started, here’s the word for hello: “Hei”. After a delicious dinner, it’s always polite to say “kiitos”, pronounced “keetos”.
Liability and Insurance
The Organizing Committee will take no liability for personal injuries sustained
by or for loss or damage to property, belongings of participants or accompanying
persons during their stay in Finland. It is, therefore, advised that participants
arrange their own personal health, accident, and travel insurances.
To contact the emergency services in any EU country from any phone, fixed or mobile, dial 112, free of charge. Information about health care available in Helsinki round the clock: tel. +358 (0)9 10 023.
All hospitals have doctors on duty round the clock. In emergencies patients should be directed to a health centre or hospital emergency unit.
For details of dental services from 09.00 to 21.00, call tel. +358 (0)9 736 166.
24-hour emergency hospital treatment for foreigners with doctors on duty around the clock:
|Helsinki University Central Hospital: Töölö Hospital (serious accidents)||Topeliuksenkatu 5, Helsinki||tel. +358 (0)9 4711|
|Meilahti Hospital (medicine and surgery)||Haartmaninkatu 4, Helsinki||tel. +358 (0)9 4711|
|The telephone numbers in other towns are available at hotels|
Medicines are sold at pharmacies (Apteekki). Some pharmacies have late opening hours. In Helsinki, the pharmacy at Mannerheimintie 96, tel. +358 (0)300 – 20 200, has 24-hour service.