June 8-11, 2015
Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland
General information

Finland, a member of the European Union since 1995, has about 5,4 million inhabitants. Finland is a northern country of great beauty and has a distinctive cultural life. The capital of the country is Helsinki. 2/3 of the surface area is covered by forest and there are nearly 200 000 lakes in Finland. The coastal archipelago with its labyrinthic waterways is unique. Finland has 35 wild and beautiful national parks covering 8170 square kilometers.


The town of Helsinki was founded in 1550 by King Gustav Vasa of Sweden and it has been the capital of Finland since 1812. The city with its architecture and culture has been influenced by the both east and west. Helsinki has a colourful history, and nowadays it is the centre of Finland’s cultural and business life.

More than one-fifth of the country’s population lives in Helsinki area. It is easy and safe to get around the capital. The city is clean and tidy, and nature is near even in the middle of Helsinki. Helsinki is situated by the sea, and that’s why the sea is always present in the city. A great way to enjoy the sea and Finland’s magnificent archipelago is to take a cruise from Helsinki centre to Baltic Sea.


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