Other General Information

 

Helsinki

The city of Helsinki was founded in 1550 by King Gustav Vasa of Sweden and has been the capital of Finland since 1812. The city with its architecture and culture has been influenced by both the east and the 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 the Helsinki area. It is easy to get around the capital. The nature as well as the Baltic Sea is present even in the city centre. A great way to enjoy the sea and Finland’s magnificent archipelago is to take a cruise from Helsinki to the Baltic Sea.

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Finland

Finland, a member of the European Union since 1995, has about 5.5 million inhabitants and is one of the largest countries in Europe. Finland is a northern country of great beauty and has a distinctive cultural life. The capital of the country is Helsinki. Two thirds of the surface area is covered by forest and with its nearly 200,000 lakes Finland has truly deserved the name “land of thousands of lakes”. The coastal archipelago with its labyrinth-like waterways is unique. Finland has 35 wild and beautiful national parks covering 8170 square kilometres.

 

Visa

Finland is a member of the European Union and is a part of the Schengen area. Citizens of EU countries do not need a visa, but a valid passport is required. Citizens of other countries are asked to contact the nearest Finnish Embassy for further information. Also, please check visa formalities if you plan to visit the Russian Federation during your trip.

The congress organizers will send a proof of registration as soon as the full registration fee has been received. The confirmation document will serve as your invitation letter when applying for the visa.

The organizer will assist applicants if needed in the visa application process. If you know you will be needing visa for your entry in Finland, please start the application process in good time.

More information about visas for Finland, please see www.formin.fi and further questions can be e-mailed to visas.passports@formin.fi.

 

Weather

Helsinki’s 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. Summer in Helsinki is bright. Days are at their longest in the second half of June, when the sun stays above the horizon for 19 hours. The evenings grow cool towards the end of September, and the days grow noticeably shorter as winter approaches. The crisp air is spiced with the colours of the splendid autumn foliage.

For the latest weather forecast, see website http://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi by the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

 

Insurance

The registration fee does not cover any insurance (travel, medical, accident or liability) taken by the NNC 2020 Organizers. The NNC 2020 Organizers cannot accept liability for any loss or damage suffered by participants or accompanying persons or other persons during travel to and from the congress or during the congress. Participants of NNC 2020 are advised to consider purchasing their own travel insurance and to extend their personal policy to cover personal possessions.

 

Time Zone

The time zone in Finland is Eastern European Time (EET), UTC +3 during summer time.

 

Currency

The currency in Finland is the Euro (EUR/€), divided in 100 cents. Please check the current exchange rates.

Foreign currency and travellers’ cheques can be exchanged in exchange offices located for example at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport, Helsinki Railway Station as well as in the centre of Helsinki. Banks are usually open on weekdays 10am–4:30pm.

For an ATM machine, look for the orange sign “OTTO”. These 24-hour cashpoint machines are widely available and accept the following international ATM and credit cards: Visa, Visa Electron, EuroCard, MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus and EC.

In addition to banks, there are several foreign currency exchange points available around the city centre. See for example:

Forex: Stockmann Department Store or Central Railway Station
Tavex: Fabianinkatu 12

 

Electricity

Voltage: 220–240 Volts. Electrical sockets (outlets) in Finland are one of the two European standard electrical socket types:”Type C” Europlug and ”Type E/F” Schuko.

 

 

Image: Visit Helsinki / Jussi Hellsten