Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is an outstanding choice for the International Conference of Physical therapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health in 2020. Excellent flight connections from other parts of the world and especially from Asia have made Helsinki one of the most attractive congress destinations in Northern Europe. Helsinki is not only easy to reach but also easy to move around. This Nordic capital is known as a safe, secure and clean city with high standards of education and technology. In addition, the city reflects nature, sea, design and architecture.


The city of Helsinki is well equipped to meet all requirements with respect to both meeting and exhibition facilities as well as hotel accommodation. Helsinki is large enough to provide all the services that a major congress may require, yet small enough to make delegates feel at home during their stay. Finland is a member of the European Union since 1995 and in 2002 the Euro was introduced as official currency. Actually Finland is the only country in Scandinavia in the Euro zone. Finland is one of the most competitive economies in the world and is also listed among the least corrupt countries. The people are known to be friendly, flexible and innovative. Most Finns also master several foreign languages.

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a modern and beautiful city with over half a million residents and is situated on the Baltic Sea. It is a compact city and thus can easily be explored on foot. Design, architecture, culture and shopping are all great exploration angles, and additionally there’s no shortage of natural presence.

Helsinki’s maritime silhouette is part of the national landscape of Finland. In Helsinki, the sea is an essential part of everyday life. The city is an intriguing mix of modern and historic, a place where East meets West, creating contrasts that add color to you visit.

Helsinki can easily be reached from anywhere in the world. Helsinki Airport consistently ranks among the best airports in the world and serves around two hundred international flights each day. The journey time between the airport and city center is around 30 minutes.

Helsinki in figures

  • Helsinki founded in 1550

  • Capital of Finland since 1812

  • Population over 600 000, approx 1.3 million in Greater Helsinki

  • Finnish-speakers 90.4%

  • Swedish-speakers 5.4%

  • Other language groups 4.2%

  • Foreign nationals 3.1%

  • Evangelical Lutherans 72%

  • Orthodox 2%

  • Total area 716 km2

  • Coastline 123 km

  • Islands 315

  • Mobile phones per 100 inhabitants 96

  • Average temperature yearly +5.0°C

  • Warmest month, June +21.7°C

  • Coldest month, January -10.4°C

Climate and weather in Helsinki
Helsinki’s climate is typical of its northerly situation. Its intermediate 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.
The summer in Helsinki is bright. The days are at their longest in the second half of June, when the sun stays above the horizon for 19 hours.

Practical aspects
Language: There are two official languages in Finland: Finnish and Swedish, but English is widely spoken especially in Helsinki!

Currency and credit cards: Euro. All major credit cards are accepted (almost everywhere, even with small purchases).

Business Hours: As general rule, business hours are between 8:00-17:00. Shops usually close at 20:00 but are also open on Sunday until 18:00.

Drinking water: The tap water is safe and really tasty.

Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. European plugs with two round pins are standard.


For more details for your Helsinki visit please visit the web site of Visit Helsinki.