The weather in Finland is very changeable and depending on the season, altitude and region there can be big differences. The average temperature in Helsinki during the event period is 11-15°C.
Click here to check weather conditions in Helsinki prior to your departure.
Currency and credit cards
Finland’s currency is the Euro (€), which is used throughout Europe.
Most large shops, stores, hotels and restaurants will accept the majority of credit and debit cards including MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners. It is also advisable to carry some cash in case of difficulty as many smaller accommodation, pubs, tearooms and small shops may not accept any form of credit or debit card.
The organisers will not accept liability for individual medical, travel, cancelation or personal insurance. It is highly recommended that all participants carry proper health and travel insurance.
Travel Information and Customs
To enter Finland you will need to show a valid passport, or national identity card if you are an EEA citizen. If you are not an EEA citizen, you will need to show further documentation, including a landing card, and you may need a visa.
Before you travel to Finland, it’s a good idea to make sure you are aware of the rules and restrictions on what you can bring into the country, and if tax applies.
Invitation letter for visa applications
Non-EU participants may need a letter of invitation from the congress organisers in order to obtain a visa for entry into Finland. The organisers will not be able to contact or intervene with any embassy or consulate office abroad on your behalf. This procedure is intended to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the event and is not an official invitation covering fees and/or any other expenses or financial support from the congress.
Please start the visa application process as early as possible and at least six weeks prior to your departure. The organisers are not to be held responsible for the outcome of your visa application.
All participants must register and pay the required registration fees before requesting an official letter of invitation. The registration fees are refundable should the visa application be denied. All refund requests will have to be received before the event, by e-mail, fax or letter. No refunds will be made for cancellations received during or after the congress.
As in all major cities and conference venues, people should take care of their personal belongings.
Plug Type C is most commonly used in Finland – You can recognise this plug supply by the two round holes next to each other where the two plug socket pins sit. If you will need to charge your phone, tablet, computer or other electronic items, please make sure to purchase an adaptor in advance as hotel rooms will not be equipped with them.
Opening hours vary, but in general shops are open between 09.00 and 17.30 on weekdays and Saturdays. Thursday is an established ‘late opening day’ when many stores will remain open until 20.00. More and more shops within the city centre and other established retail areas are opening on Sundays, generally from 12.00 to 17.00. Supermarkets are a law unto themselves, with some providing 24-hour access. Others are open from 08.30 to 19.30 on working days, and from 08.00 to 18.00 on Saturdays.
Helsinki is Finland’s capital and largest city and is renowned for its culture and its people. It is also one of Finland’s finest cities, with unique architectural layers mixed with design everywhere. The city is compact and functional, with an innovative and active food culture. It also offers the perfect balance of urban and nature – and the sea is all around you!
The local standard time zone Eastern European Time Zone UTC+02:00.
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The Subway is the easiest way to get around the City Centre. You can either buy a single ticket for € 2.90 or, if you are there for a few days, you might want to get Day tickets (1day: € 9.00 / 2 days: € 13.50 etc.), which offer the best fares. For more information please click here. You may also find this Journey Planner very useful.
Cycle the city
Feel like cycling? Cycling is a very popular and convenient way of getting around the city. You can rent one of the 1400 bicycles in 140 locations around the city. The easiest way to take advantage of the city bike scheme is to register on the website. Bicycles can also be borrowed using a payment card without registration from five bike stations: Kaivopuisto, Unioninkatu, Rautatientori/East, Kiasma and Hakaniemi Metro Station.