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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 English.

For further information about Finland please visit
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland Virtual Finland
Finnish Tourist Board
Climate and Weather in Finland
Finnish science and technology information service
Finland's EU Presidency web service

Helsinki - the capital of Finland - is located on the Gulf of Finland, in Southern coast of Finland. There are about 500.000 inhabitants in Helsinki. Helsinki is also the world's 14th most popular conference city and has a reputation as an interesting, safe, clean and welcoming host.

For further information about Helsinki please visit
City of Helsinki
Helsinki City Tourist & Convention Bureau
Map of the Helsinki City and the Metropolitan Area

How to get there?
Helsinki 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.

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Airport transport
The 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 [.pdf] depart for the central railway station at 20 minutes intervals; the fare is EUR 5,20 (rate March 2006), payable to the driver. There are cash dispensers and money exchange facilities in the Arrivals Hall of the airport.

The Airport Taxis (yellow minibuses) can be booked at the booths in the Arrivals Hall. Prices vary according to the number of persons and start from 20 euros (1-2 persons). They will take you to any address in the city. A regular taxi ride to the city centre costs about 35 euros. Taxi drivers accept major credit cards and do not expect tips.

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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.
For the visa requirement [.pdf] in the Schengen area and the travel documents accepted by Finland.

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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.

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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.

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Currency
The currency of Finland is the Euro. All major Credit cards are widely accepted in Finland. Exchange bureaux, such as Forex, are located at the airport, the central railway station and in Pohjoisesplanadi (a street in the centre), are open 7 days a week.
VISA, Eurocard and MasterCard are accepted at the Conference registration desk.

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Public transport
Public transport in Helsinki is well organized. You can get to the Marina Congress Center from the city centre taking the tram 4 which has a stop close to the congress venue. A single tram ride costs EUR 2 and the ticket can be directly purchased on the tram.

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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.

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Tipping
Tipping is not expected in Finland.

How to get there?
Airport transport
Passport and visa
Letter of invitation
Insurance
Local time
Currency
Public transport
Electricity
Tipping