Helsinki Conference
Discover Finland

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a modern city with over half a million residents and is situated on the Baltic Sea.
In 2012 Helsinki was the World Design Capital and celebrated its 200th anniversary as the capital of Finland.
Helsinki alongside its neighbouring municipalities of Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen form a metropolitan area of more than a million inhabitants.

Climate and Weather in Helsinki
Helsinki’s climate is typical of its northerly situation. Its intermediate climate combines characteristics of both a maritime and a continental climate. The proximity of the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic creates cold weather, while the Gulf Stream brings in warmer air.
 
Seasons
The summer in Helsinki is bright. The days are at their longest in the second half of June, when the sun stays above the horizon for 19 hours.
The evenings grow cool towards the end of September, and the days grow noticeably shorter as winter approaches. The crisp air is spiced with the colours of the splendid autumn foliage.
The winter begins in either November or December depending on the year. The temperature fluctuates either side of 0°C. The first snowfall makes the city look picture perfect. The average temperature between December and February is around -4°C.
Spring arrives in Helsinki usually sometime in April. The days grow rapidly longer and warmer, attracting people to the city while the nature blossoms all around. 

Average temperatures in Helsinki

  • entire year +5.0°C
  • warmest month, June +21.7°C
  • coldest month, January -10.4°C 

Arriving in Helsinki

Helsinki can easily be reached from anywhere in the world.
By plane
Around 200 international flights a day arrive at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, which is situated 19 kilometres from the centre of Helsinki and can be reached by car in approximately 25 minutes. You can also take taxi, the Finnair airport bus or Bus 615 to the Central Railway Station. A taxi to city centre costs approximately 35-40 euros.
By train
There are excellent train connections from Helsinki to all major towns in Finland as well as to Lapland. There is also a daily train service to St. Petersburg and Moscow. The Central Railway Station is a landmark unto itself in Helsinki.
By bus
Buses from all around Finland arrive to the central bus station, from the largest cites approximately every hour.
By ferry
There are daily ferry services to Helsinki from Estonia, Sweden and Germany. All the ferry companies offer also possibility to take a car with you. Helsinki can be reached by ferry also from Russia as well as Poland.