Helsinki is a city with four distinct seasons. The moderate weather is influenced by both maritime and continental climate patterns. Summer in Helsinki begins in May and lasts until mid September. In summer, temperatures range from 15 to 30°C.
The regions north of the Arctic Circle are characterized by “polar days”, when the sun does not set at all. The northernmost parts of Finland have 73 such days every year. Even in southern Finland, the longest day (around Midsummer) is nearly 19 hours long.

Time zone in Finland: GMT + 2 hrs

230 V (formerly 220 V), 50 Hz

Dial 112 for all emergencies; Ambulance, rescue services, fire department and police.
Transportation in Helsinki region

The public transportation system in Helsinki is very convenient and easy to use, offering buses and local trains as well as tram and subway lines.
For more information on public transportation please visit: Helsinki Region Transport
Journey Planner is an easy way to check routes and timetables for different means of public transportation in Helsinki.


Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

Several airlines provide direct flights to Helsinki from all over Europe as well as from countries outside Europe.
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport has been rated one of the world’s best airports, and is well-connected with Helsinki city center. For more information please visit the website of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.

All official congress prices are indicated in Euro (€), which is also the official currency in Finland. All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.

The mother tongue of nearly ninety per cent of the city’s inhabitants is Finnish. Some seven per cent are native speakers of the country’s other official language, Swedish. A high percentage of the population speak excellent English as their second language.

Helsinki boasts many excellent restaurants where Russian and Scandinavian flavours mix with local ingredients including salmon, Baltic herring, reindeer and Arctic cloudberries. Finnish cuisine is characterized by simplicity and purity of taste. Some of our favorite restaurants in Helsinki are listed below.
Bistro style Finnish cuisine

Traditional Finnish or Scandinavian



North Asian fine dining




The main shopping streets in the centre are Mannerheimintie, Aleksanterinkatu, Kaisaniemenkatu, Pohjois (North) and Etelä (South) Esplanadi, Bulevardi and Fredrikinkatu. Nearly all of the major malls, department stores and little boutiques are within walking distance of each other. Shops are generally open 9.00 – 18.00 on weekdays and 9.00 – 14.00 on Saturdays; department stores and shopping centres are open 9.00 – 21.00 on weekdays, 9.00–18.00 on Saturdays and 12.00-18.00 on Sundays.
Telephone calls

In a country of mobile phones it is difficult today to find phone booths. Hotels and hostels have usually public phones that can be used with phone cards. Finland country code from calls abroad is +358 and Helsinki area code from calls abroad: 9 (09 in Finland).