|Facts and about Finland
Member of the EU since 1995
President of the republic: Mrs Tarja Halonen.
Population: 5.2 million
Area: 338 000 square km, 10% water, 69% forest
Climate:Cold winters, fairly warm summers.
Official languages: Finnish and Swedish. Finnish is spoken by
91.3% of the population and Swedish by 5.4% of the population.
Religion: 85.6% Lutheran, appr. 1% Orthodox
Currency: Euro, since 2002
|Mean temperatures in Helsinki
January: -4.2 C
February: -4.9 C
March: -1.5 C
April: 3.3 C
May: 9.9 C
June: 14.8 C
July: 17.2 C
August: 15.8 C
September: 10.9 C
October: 6.2 C
November: 1.4 C
(Source: Finnish Meteorological Institute)
Length of the day in Helsinki area:
December 21st (winter solstice, the shortest day): 5h49min Sun rises
at 9:24, sets at 15:13
June 21st (summer solstice, the longest day): 18h56min, sun rises at
3:54, sets at 22:50.
Ateneum Art Museum holds the largest collection of Finnish art from 1750 to the 1960s. The museum is conveniently located at the City Center, near the Central Railway station.
The museum is located at the studio of the Finland's national artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela, and presents a rich variety of his work: paintings, drawings, graphics, sculpture etc. The museum is located in Espoo, some 15 minutes by bus from the Conference venue.
Heureka, Finnish Science Center
Heureka, located in Vantaa some 20 minutes by train from the Helsinki City centre, houses scientific exhibitions. There are over 200 exhibitions in the main exhibition, with many activity points for the whole family as well as two temporary exhibitions. In June 2005 the temporary exhibitions are Music and T-Rex-the disputed dinosaur.
Helsinki City Art Museum
Helsinki City Art Museum has three museums in Helsinki: Tennis palace art museum in Kamppi (near Bus station), Meilahti art museum in Meilahti (near Seurasaari), and Kluuvi Gallery.
The National museum of Finland presents Finnish life from pre-historic times to the present. It is located near the Helsinki City centre.
Sea Life Helsinki
Sea Life Helsinki, connected to Linnanmäki Amusement Park, is a new aquarium in which the underwater life from sharks to native Finnish freshwater species can be admired.
Linnanmäki Amusement Park
Linnanmäki Amusement Park is the oldest amusement park in Finland suitable for the whole family. The rides include a wooden rollercoaster built in 1951 which is the most popular ride in the park, and 36 others. In the area there is also a wide range of restaurants, video games and a museum.
The conference venue is at Otaniemi, which is a campus area of nearly 14000 students, over 6000 researchers and a great number of technology companies, in the spirit of the architecture Alvar Aalto.
Seurasaari Open Air Museum
Seurasaari Open Air Museum is located in a beautiful green island (Seurasaari) a fifteen minute walk away from the Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa, some kilometers from the Helsinki City Centre. The island itself is a tranquil spot in the city area, favored by the townspeople for picnics and walks. Perhaps you will even meet a tame squirrel or two.
Suomenlinna, Viapori-Sveaborg Fortress
The Suomenlinna Fortress is located on the islands just off the Helsinki and was built in the middle of the 1800th century by the Swedish to protect the city. It also belongs to the UNESCO world heritage list as a monument of unique military architecture. There is a regular ferry-boat connection to Suomenlinna from the Market Square.
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