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Why is Finland the perfect setting for business events?

Aerial view of a business event venue on the coast of Finland

Here are three reasons.

Our extensive event expertise, many accomplishments in innovation and wide selection of top-notch event venues make Finland a sought-after destination for business events.

1. Event expertise

Finland is the 12th most popular congress destination in the world according to a 2019 study by the Union of International Associations (UIA), and for several years running, the country has consistently ranked among the top 20. Finland also hosts an average of about 800 international meetings and more than 80,000 delegates annually.

Learn more about Finland’s extensive event experience directly from us at Finland Convention Bureau. You can also browse the business event service providers. It is these Finnish companies and local convention bureaux that have the hands-on business event expertise to make your event a success. Finally, don’t forget to check out these first-hand business event success stories.

View of Messukeskus (Exhibiton center) in Helsinki Finland
Messukeskus Helsinki is Finland’s largest event venue.
Credits: : Messukeskus Helsinki
A robot walking at Slush event in Helsinki, Finland
Slush is a world-leading tech and start-up event.
Credits:: Mikael Ahlfors
Business people dining at an event
Wanha Satama is located in one of the most elegant and well-known buildings in Finland.
Credits:: Wanha Satama

2. Leading Research & Innovation

Finland’s population is highly educated and innovative. Nine out of 10 Finns speak English fluently, and half of the adult population speaks three or more foreign languages. Finland also has 14 universities, including several that are highly rated on the Shanghai ranking. Our accomplishments in the fields of technology, biochemistry and medicine have produced many ground-breaking innovations in artificial intelligence (AI), atmospheric studies, cancer research and molecular medicine.

Two of the common threads in Finland’s reputation for research and innovation are its penchant for taking multidisciplinary approaches to education and its many partnerships between public-private entities. Our businesses, universities, and other higher education and and research institutes frequently work closely together.

Finland’s specialised university hospitals are just one example of the power of this kind of collaboration. In a 2021 ranking by Newsweek and Statista, three of them made the list of the world’s 100 best hospitals.

In short, Finland is home to some of the world’s brightest minds from across the globe. We have the brainpower and expertise to not only handle business event logistics, but also create the content and substance behind them.
 

Students discussing by a window at University of Helsinki
The University of Helsinki ranks within the top 1% of the world’s leading universities.
Credits: Team Finland

3. Variety of venues

Finland offers an array of high-quality venues for events of various sizes – everything from conference centres for 10,000 to intimate log cabins for 20. In total, we have 10 venues that can accommodate audiences of 1,000 to 10,000 persons and our largest fixed meeting room has 4,400 seats. And in an innovative country like Finland, all venues are well-equipped with the latest technology, and many are housed within or near top research and innovation organisations. Visit the venues page to learn more.

View of the venue Tampere Hall in the evening
Tampere Hall is Scandinavia’s largest congress and concert centre.
Credits: : Tampere Hall
A group of friends sitting on the terrace of a cabin in the evening
Intimate log cabins are well-equipped for smaller groups.
Credits:: Juho Kuva
View of a building at Aalto University in Otaniemi, Finland
Aalto University in Otaniemi is a versatile venue that’s also home to cutting-edge research in technology, business and design.
Credits:: Tuomas Uusheimo

Everything else Finland has to offer

Finland is the world’s happiest country – and for good reason. It’s safe: In a recent Finland Convention Bureau survey, nine out of 10 congress attendees rated the safety of Finnish host cities “good” or “very good” (and that famous Finnish friendliness even received a special thanks!). With several international airports and harbours it’s easily accessible by air and sea. It’s a world leader in sustainability. And it’s a year-round destination with gorgeous scenery and extraordinary accommodations.

To learn more about all Finland has to offer, visit our Why Choose Finland page for business events and the travel trade professionals.

Two people walking on stones by the sea shore
Credits: Tiina Tahvanainen / Visit Åland