Explore the magic of Finland


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Discover a brand new hotel in Helsinki, learn about our award-winning airport, and hear from a satisfied congress organizer. Plus, get tips on finding your inner happiness and capturing the magic of the Northern Lights.

Meet us at IBTM World 2023

Visit our stand H43 at IBTM World (November 28-30) and update your information on this Nordic country that is both a winter wonderland and a serene summer haven – and, according to the UN, the world’s happiest country – 6th year in a row!

Finland has a strong international reputation when it comes to organising corporate events and conferences. Finns are experienced event organisers, and all services are first class. In recent years, Finland has consistently ranked among the TOP 20 congress destinations in the world.

On our stand you can explore the opportunities of some of the most popular destinations, congress venues, hotels and DMC's in Finland.

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Credits: Mikko Nikkinen

The first Radisson RED hotel has arrived in Helsinki

The first Radisson RED hotel opened in Helsinki, the green capital of the world’s happiest country, beginning of November. Situated in a new, modern building in the city’s oldest park, Kaisaniemi Park, the new hotel offers inspiring art and contemporary design in the beating heart of Helsinki.

The all-new Radisson RED Helsinki stands out with its playful and bold design and relaxed service. The eight-story hotel includes 195 stylish rooms and suites featuring Radisson RED’s signature design-focused, cutting-edge design. Park side rooms have stunning views of Kaisaniemi Park and the wider city beyond. Rooms and suites on the upper floors offer bathrooms with both park and city views.

Inspiring art plays a key role in Radisson RED Helsinki. In the hotel lobby, guests are greeted by an almost three-meter red artwork that was inspired by the giant “lantern carriers” of Helsinki Railway Station, a stunning sculpture of men holding huge globe-shaped lanterns.

The ground floor offers guests and local residents a laid-back restaurant, RED Bar and Kitchen, which focuses on casual dining and relaxed socializing, and is open from mornings until late, as well as a trendy  bar and outdoor summer terrace facing the adjacent Kaisaniemi Park.

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Credits: Radisson RED

Finnish Congress Heroes: EUCMOS 2023 Jyväskylä

The 35th European Congress on Molecular Spectroscopy was organized in Jyväskylä in August. Jan Lundell, Chair of the EUCMOS2020/2023 Local Organizing Committee, shares his views regarding the much-anticipated EUCMOS Congress and its designated venue, Jyväskylä in the Lakeland region of Finland.

The European Congress on Molecular Spectroscopy brings together the minds behind groundbreaking research in the field. EUCMOS2020/2023 marked the 35th installment of this esteemed series, tracing its roots back to 1951 when the first gathering was held in Europe. After a series of postponements, the much-awaited congress found its home in Jyväskylä, Finland, for the very first time. Finnish summer, sun, nature, and people provided a wonderful scenery for discussions and networking in the various fields in spectroscopy.

Ermelinda Maçôas, Assistant Professor at the University of Lisbon and former Post-Doc Researcher at the University of Jyväskylä: "It has been great, the setting is amazing. This scenery is fantastic! Moreover, the infrastructure is top-notch. The congress boasts high-profile speakers and high-quality discussions. The program design ensures ample networking chances, including coffee breaks, poster sessions and lunches.”

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Watch the video from the conference.

Credits: Accenture, EUCMOS 2023

Learn how to photograph Northern Lights

Northern Lights are most visible from the end of August to April in northern Finland. Auroras, caused by solar winds, occur year-round but the nights need to be dark enough for us to be able to catch a glimpse of this phenomenal light show. That is why autumn, winter, and spring are the best times to see the Northern Lights. For practical tips about seeing the northern lights, read our article "How to see the northern lights."

Many people associate the Northern Lights with winter, but the most active seasons are actually autumn and spring. This is when the earth’s orientation towards the sun maximizes the probability of solar flares interacting with the planet’s magnetic field, which creates this mesmerizing phenomenon. Statistically, the lights are visible on every second night.

Rovaniemi  is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights. You can discover the beauty of the Aurora Borealis hunting them by a car, by a snowmobile or by a reindeer. You never know when the Northern Lights will appear, but Northern Lights forecast can help you. Join the photo tour adventure and let the local guides take you to breathtaking landscapes. You will learn how to capture the magical light phenomena with your camera.

Photography tours and photography excursions in Rovaniemi.

Credits: Visit Rovaniemi, Juho Uutela

The Masterclass of Finnish Happiness

We believe that happiness is not a mystical state you are born with; it’s an approach to life that one can learn. As Finland is the world’s happiest country, we have launched a Masterclass of Happiness, which is available online to everybody. The lessons cover four key themes that are closely related to the daily lives of Finns.

Happiness has been defined in multiple ways in various fields through countless theories and studies. It is often described as a positive emotional state characterized by feelings of pleasure, contentment, and satisfaction with one's life.     

And then there are the Finns.     

Are you ready to cultivate your inner Finn and learn the Finnish methods of happiness? This masterclass will take you a step closer with insights from five coaches under four core themes: Nature & Lifestyle, Health & Balance, Design & Everyday and Food & Wellbeing.

To find your inner Finn, join the masterclass online.

Helsinki Airport receives recognition from a prestigious travel magazine

Readers of the international travel industry magazine Condé Nast Traveler voted for Helsinki Airport to be among the 10 best airports in the world. Helsinki Airport was selected as the 9th best airport in the world by the 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards. A total of 526,518 readers voted for their favourites this year.

“Helsinki Airport has a strong position among the best airports in the world, and this recognition further strengthens it. We are proud that our work for smooth travelling is recognised internationally, and that Finavia is part of creating a positive image of Finland,” says Ulla Lettijeff, Helsinki Airport Executive Director at Finavia.

The largest development programme in the history of Helsinki Airport, worth more than EUR 1 billion, has been successfully completed this autumn. With the development programme, Finavia secures Helsinki Airport’s position as one of the best airports in Europe.

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Credits: Finavia

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