Social program

The organisers wish you welcome to join the Opening Reception on Tuesday 12 June in Finlandia Hall and
the Congress Dinner on Thursday 14 June at the Crowne Plaza hotel.

Opening reception is included in the registration fee, the dinner fee is € 60. Please sign-up for both when you register for the congress.

Helsinki will once again celebrate and entertain residents and visitors on its birthday, 12 June. Helsinki Day has become a city festival that offers lots to see and do for people of all ages. The city centre will be filled with people, music and events..  Here you will find later more information of Helsinki Day.

For lunch on Friday 15.6. we recommend Taste of Helsinki, a gourmet restaurant festival that will be taking place on Töölönlahti Park, just behind Finlandia Hall. The event features 7-restaurants from Helsinki as well as the best restaurants from Lapland and Stockholm. With 36 delicious dishes to choose from and an amazing selection of wine, champagnes, beer and spirits, this is the ultimate Helsinki dining experience!  You will have a free entrance in the festival with your congress badge. Here are the details of the offer:

  • Free entry to Taste of Helsinki on Friday 15.6., for the lunch-time session (11.00-15.00)
  • Access is via the main entry queue and show congress badge at the gate
  • Most of the restaurant dishes cost 5 or 6 euros
  • The offer does not apply to any other session and does not include any food or drinks
  • This offer does not include the 2€ glass rental fee or 2€ fee for the payment card

For more information about the event, please visit:

13 June is free to examine Helsinki.  Organisers recommend you to visit e.g. LÖYLY – a new public sauna or ALLAS SEA POOL in the heart of Helsinki with a large pool area and magnificent saunas

Sauna bathing is an essential part of Finnish culture and national identity.

Löyly is an attractive and easy way to enjpy the Finnish sauna either public or private. The site is unique. Being less than two kilometers away from the city centre, it is very central but at the same time the landscape is like in the outer archipelago.  You may also have a dinner at the Löyly restaurant.

Allas Sea Pool, located a stone’s throw away from the Helsinki marketplace.  This sea pool boasts several saunas, swimming pools and restaurant. It is a one-of-a-kind oasis in the middle of the city. Allas Sea Pool awakens the soul of the spa culture of olden times when people would gather to discuss, to relax, and to live the good life by the water.

Alas Sea Pool, photo: Dorit Salutskij

If you wish to learn of Finnish history, you need only walk across the street from Finlandia Hall to get to the National Museum.
The building was designed by the Finnish architects Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen representing the most significant national-romantic works of architecture. It also has frescoes by Akseli Gallen-Kallela from 1928 on themes from the Kalevala epic.

While waiting for the congress you will find photos of the congress sites appr. 100 years ago.

1908 . Congress site Finlandia Hall you will find today on the right of this photo.