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IEHC 2006

XIV International Economic History Congress

Helsinki, Finland, 21 to 25 August 2006


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Intro to Finland

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Finland's geographical location on the interface between Eastern and Western Europe gives the country an added attractiveness as a congress venue. In August the day-time temperature is generally around 15° – 20° centigrade and the weather is mostly sunny with occasional rainy days. Finland has adopted the European single currency and its monetary unit is the euro (EUR or €). Finland is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The 24-hour clock is usually followed, and shop signs might read as follows: 9.00 – 21.00 (from 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.). The Finnish Tourist Board website.

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, has gained a reputation as an attractive host city for various international meetings. It is famous for its architecture and its central area beautifully situated on a peninsula surrounded by the sea. The city-centre campus of the University of Helsinki is the congress site and the main shopping areas, restaurants and sights are near by. Helsinki also offers a wide range of cultural events in the summer.


ARRIVING IN HELSINKI
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is about 16 kilometres from the city centre. Transportation from the airport to the centre of Helsinki (arriving at the Central Railway Station) by the Finnair airport bus costs 5.20 euros, and by public transportation on bus number 615 costs 3.60 euros (all spring 2006 prices). Transportation from the airport to the centre of Helsinki by taxi costs about 30–35 euros (autumn 2005 price). Taxis accept cash and major credit cards. Taxis are reliable and have meters, and tips are unnecessary.
Taxi reservations:
+358 (0)100 0700 or +358 (0)100 0600 (advance reservations)
The timetable for bus number 615.
The Helsinki City public transport Journey Planner and timetables.

Cash points (ATMs, marked with a yellow sign Otto.) are available at several locations throughout the airport and in the city centre, and they accept major credit cards. Foreign currency can be exchanged at several currency-exchange offices at the airport (e.g. Sampo Bank: Monday-Friday 6.00–22.00, Saturday 7.00–21.00 and Sunday 8.00–22.00), and in the centre of Helsinki (e.g. Forex at the Central Railway Station).

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TOURIST BUREAU
The Helsinki City Tourist Information offers free information, brochures and maps about the city and its sights, events and services. From June to August visitors are also served by Helsinki Helpers, teams of guides who patrol the streets in the city centre.

Address
Pohjoisesplanadi 19
FI-00099 Helsinki
tel.: +358 (0)9 1693757
fax: +358 (0)9 1693839
e-mail: tourist.info@hel.fi
Opening times: Mon-Fri 9.00 – 20.00, Sat and Sun 9.00 – 18.00
Helsinki City - tourist map

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ACCOMMODATION
The main Tourist Information office also houses the Helsinki Expert Tour Shop, which sells tickets for sightseeing tours and excursions and handles hotel reservations.
Opening times: Mon-Fri 9.00 – 19.00, Sat-Sun 9.00 – 17.00
tel.: +358 (0)9 2288 1500
e-mail: tourshop@helsinkiexpert.fi

The Helsinki Expert Hotel Booking Centre at the Central Railway Station is open Mon-Fri 9.00 – 19.00, Sat 9.00 – 18.00, and Sun 10.00 – 18.00.
tel.: +358 (0)9 2288 1400
e-mail: hotel@helsinkiexpert.fi

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HELSINKI FESTIVAL
The Helsinki Festival (18 August to 3 September 2006) is the most diverse event in the Finnish cultural calendar. It aims to display Finnish and international performing and creative arts, while featuring artists, ensembles and exhibitions of the highest level. For the programme please see the Helsinki Festival website.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO FINLAND & HELSINKI
The following text (PDF document, 12 pages) contains a wide range of details about the host contry, e.g. a brief history of Finland, Finnish customs & culture (i.e. Finnish Sauna and Tango): Introduction to Finland


MISCELLANEOUS

Finnish Meteorological Institute - weather forecast



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Last updated on 6 September 2006