From Accounting to Photonics - Finnish success stories

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Inspiring success stories: Espoo radiates a positive atmosphere around academic research and innovation, Joensuu is home to one of the significant photonics clusters in Europe. No wonder Finland ranks among the most popular congress countries in the world.
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Finland maintains its place among the most popular congress countries

In June, Union of International Associations (UIA) published the 64th edition of the International Meetings Statistics Report, which presents comparative tables on the international meetings of international organizations in 2022. 

In the ranking of the most popular congress destinations, Finland ranks number 13 in the global comparison. In the category of most popular congress cities, Helsinki took the 11th spot and is now the most popular congress city in the Nordics. The report includes data from 156 countries and 1213 cities. 

Read more about Finland as a congress destination here

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The 45th Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association in Espoo

Professor Seppo Ikäheimo, Chair of the EAA 2023 Organizing Committee praises Espoo as a host city and says that everything went smootly in the EAA Congress in May. "As a city Espoo radiates a positive atmosphere around academic research and innovational activities. Espoo is known for being a hub of know-how, research and development. It also is the most sustainable city in Europe according to studies that measure economical, ecological and social development. Sustainability is one of the main criteria according to which EAA chooses its congress locations." 

Annalisa Prencipe, President of the European Accounting Association: 
"It’s the  first time for me in Finland and I have been captured by the beauties of this country. People are very welcoming, and everyone speaks English which helps with communicating. Also, the delegates shared a feeling of safety in Finland. All the arrangements were well planned, and everything worked seamlessly from the facilities and technical aspects to the special activities and the gala dinner." 

Read more about the EAA Congress here

Annalisa Prencipe (EAA) and Seppo Ikäheimo (Aalto University)
Credits: EAA, Seppo Ikäheimo

Optics & Photonics Days 2023 in Joensuu

Optics & Photonics Days 2023 took place in Joensuu in Eastern Finland between 30th of May and 1st of June. Over 300 participants attended the diverse academic and industrial program. 

In addition to comprehensive expert presentations, the event featured a comprehensive side program. In a traditionally male-dominated field, the need for female expertise was also emphasized, and the Women in Photonics event featured insights from women in leadership and expert positions. In addition, a recruitment event was organized to facilitate connections between professionals and companies.

"Joensuu is home to one of the significant photonics clusters at European level. Hosting the event in Joensuu was a significant step in strengthening our international networks. This provides a solid foundation for the growth of photonics in Joensuu", says Juha Purmonen from Photonics Finland. 

Read more about the event here

Credits: Business Joensuu

Large banquet facilities for business events

When you organize an event in Finland, the participants can experience something very special. Natural setting, high-level services and friendly people will make your event memorable. 

To help you choose the perfect venue for your event, we compiled a list of facilities where you can organize large dinners and receptions. These are just some examples of the options that can be found in different cities and regions in Finland.  We at Finland Conventin Bureau will be happy to help if you need more detailed information about the destinations and venues that suit your event. 

Take a look at the list on our website

Round Room, Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa

Helsinki Airport receives top European Airport Award

Helsinki Airport has been honored with the prestigious title of Best European Airport of 2023 in its size category by the Airports Council International (ACI). 

ACI highlighted Helsinki Airport's sustainability achievements and commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2025 as significant factors in winning the award. The airport's consolidation of two terminals into a single facility was also recognized as a remarkable accomplishment that improved resilience and operational efficiency. An expert panel of judges from various aviation entities selected the winners and highly commended airports, evaluating factors such as passenger satisfaction, airport service quality, and industry contributions. 

Read more about the award and Helsinki Airport here

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Michelin Stars illuminate Finland's culinary scene

The prestigious Michelin stars were awarded in June in Turku, Finland, shining a spotlight on the country's culinary excellence. 

With seven exceptional Finnish restaurants making the list, including PalaceKaskisDemoFinnjävel SalonkiOloGrön, and Vår, Finland's culinary prowess was showcased on an international stage. Each establishment encapsulates a unique dining experience, demonstrating their passion for culinary innovation and gastronomic perfection. 

Read more and see the list of all Finnish restaurants featured in Michelin’s guide here

Credits: Kaskis

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