Helsinki is a capital with both interesting architecture and beautiful nature just around the corner. The city center is very walkable and the distances are short (from the conference venue: shopping center Kamppi 600m, Helsinki railway station 1km, Stockmann department store 1km 300m, Senate Square 1km 800m.)
Official travel site of Helsinki: https://www.myhelsinki.fi/en
Total area of Finland is 338 144 km, making it the 8th largest country in Europe. There are 5.6 million inhabitants, which makes Finland the most sparsely populated country in the European Union (69% of the country is forest). There are almost 2 million saunas though.
Finland is often called “the land of a thousand lakes”, as there are 188,000 lakes in Finland. 10% of Finland is actually water. Finland’s southwest coast is also the largest archipelago in Europe. There are 180 000 islands.
The official languages in Finland are Finnish and Swedish, but most Finns also speak good English. The currency is Euro and card payments are accepted almost everywhere. Hotels and cafés have free wifi but very affordable pre-paid data packages can also be bought from kiosks. The time zone during the conference is: UTC+ 2 hrs (Eastern European Winter time).