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Photo Credit: Jussi Hellsten/Helsinki Partners

NEED TO KNOW 2022

The City of Helsinki is proud to mark the 10th anniversary of its designation as the World Design Capital, with a series of cultural venue launches, architecture projects and flagship events taking place throughout 2022.

The genesis of Little Finlandia (‘Pikku-Finlandia’) originated at Aalto University as a student architectural competition, which invited ideas for a temporary event and meeting pavilion with cafes and terraces overlooking the water while renovations to Finlandia Hall take place. Torvinen’s design is influenced by Finnish boreal forests, with the periphery of the rectangular wooden building flanked by colonnades of trees. Designed as a circular building, once Finlandia Hall renovations are complete, Little Finlandia is intended to be dismantled for a new life elsewhere in the city.

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Photo Credit: Jussi Hellsten/Helsinki Partners

BEST INCENTIVE IDEA

Midnight sun island hopping

Get to know different islands from Unesco World Heritage site Suomenlinna Fortress to the island of Vallisaari recently opened up to the public and formerly used by the Finnish Defence Forces. You will use various transport from fast rib boats to traditional wooden schooners. Enjoy a meal on a small remote island by the open sea.

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Photo Credit: Tommi Kortesniemi/Lonna

BEST KEPT SECRETS

Saunas are a big part of Finnish culture and a nice way to unwind. What would be more wonderful than laying on a sauna bench, enjoying the hot steams and listening to the sounds of the burning wood on the stove? Finland’s sauna culture is part of the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Some examples are:

*Lonna pays homage to the traditional sauna culture. Take a waterbus Lonna and the peace in 7 mins. There are saunas for both men and women which are heated up with wood-burning stoves. You can experience the calm and almost sacred feeling of the traditional Finnish sauna.

*Kulttuurisauna is architect Tuomas Toivonen’s ecological design sauna in the shadow of the sculptural Merihaka district. Open all year round, ice swimming possibility in wintertime.

*Löyly is a design sauna consisting of a traditional Finnish smoke sauna and two other wood-heated saunas, a year-round terrace and a restaurant. The saunas offer direct access to the outdoor seating area and the sea, where it is possible to enjoy a refreshing swim, all year round.

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Photo Credit: Julia Kivelä/Visit Finland

PERFECT GIFT

Helsinki offers a wide range of unique and sustainable design, fashion and interior decorating items. Iittala & Arabia Design Centre is a deep dive into two of Finland’s most celebrated design and lifestyle brands, Iittala and Arabia. The centre invites you to explore your own creativity through workshops, guided tours, lectures and events. The store is a haven for design lovers: in addition, there is a cafe as well as the studios of the Arabia Art Department Society.

TOP EVENTS IN 2022

Helsinki is a lively city of events all year round. Some of the biggest and most interesting events of 2022 are:

*Lux Helsinki: The Lux Helsinki light festival lights up Helsinki at the start of the year. Lux Helsinki presents a diverse range of light art in different formats along a new route each year that stretches over a kilometre through the city centre.

*Herring Market: The oldest traditional event in Helsinki has been held since 1743. Fish vendors arrive at the Market Square to sell their goods directly from their fishing boats or from market stalls.

*Slush: The biggest two-day startup event in Europe, Slush attracts hundreds of technology and business leaders.

*Helsinki Day: Helsinki has celebrated its birthday on 12 June since 1959. The day is packed with free events that are open to everyone organised by local associations, businesses, clubs, organisations and active residents.

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Photo Credit: Kari Ylitalo/Helsinki Partners

HELSINKI FACT SHEET

Destination population:631,695
The number of 4* and 5* category hotel rooms:9656
The number of 4* and 5* category hotels:37
The size of the largest hall in the city (in m2):17,051
Maximum hall capacity in theatre style (largest hall in the city)4374
Banquet hall maximum capacity (largest hall in the city):4300
The number of professional studios for digital and hybrid events:25
Average internet speed when organising events (Mbps):33
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Photo Credit: Eetu Ahanen/Allas Sea Pool

MTLG EVALUATION 2021

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DESTINATION FINAL GRADE

HELSINKI INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2021 
Natural and cultural factors4.91
General and transport infrastructure4.96
Tourist infrastructure4.94
Meeting infrastructure4.99
Subjective grade4.83
Marketing Buzz4.86
ICCA index - worldwide ranking4.65
Numbeo Quality of life Index3.53
Numbeo Safety Index4.10
ACI Airport Connectivity Index4.86
Nomad List Overall Score3.44
FINAL GRADE4.66

WHO TO CONTACT

HELSINKI PARTNERS
Tallberginkatu 1
Helsinki, Finland
E: meetings@helsinkipartners.com
W: https://www.helsinkipartners.com

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