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General information


Helsinki Congress Paasitorni
The venue is a unique meeting and conference centre located in the heart of Helsinki, built during the first decades of the 20th century. A new hotel is being built in connection with Paasitorni with new conference facilities, lobby for exhibitions and a new restaurant hall. The project will be ready in spring 2011. See more information at

Onsite registration desk
Whilst enrolling at the congress onsite on the entrance floor you will receive your name badge and other congress material with your reference number which you can find in the confirmation email. The onsite registration desk at Paasitorni (Address: Paasivuorenkatu 5 A, 00530 Helsinki) will be open during the congress hours.

Congress language
The official congress language is English. No simultaneous interpretation will be arranged.

Internet connection
Wireless internet connection is available at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni.

Non-smoking policy
Smoking is prohibited at the congress venue.

Lunch and refreshments will be served at the exhibition area during the breaks.


Transportation by air
Helsinki Airport is a busy international hub with direct connections from all European capitals. For more information please check flights through the websites of the carriers or airline alliances or contact your local travel agency.

Helsinki Airport
Helsinki Airport has been rated one of the world’s best airports and it is located 20 kilometres from the city centre. More information is avai lable at

Airport transportation
Finnair provides regular bus transportation between Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and the City Terminal next to the Railway Station at a cost of approximately 7 €. Taxis between the Airport and the Helsinki city center cost approximately 40 € (30-40 minutes). Group taxis are also available at the airport (Yellow Line and Airport Taxi, cost approximately € 30 per person).

Transportation by sea
Helsinki is easily reached by ferries from Stockholm, Sweden (overnight by Silja Line and Viking Line) and from Tallinn, Estonia (several lines, duration 1.5 to 3.5 hours).

Helsinki - the congress city

Finland is a member of the European Union and one of the five Nordic countries situated within sighting distance from the three Baltic countries in the south. In fact, Helsinki is often called the ”Daughter of the Baltic”. The city graciously combines the old and the new. Neoclassical buildings stand next to contemporary designs, such as the Finlandia Hall designed by the late Alvar Aalto.

Helsinki is a pleasant city for visitors. It offers all necessary services for travellers within a compact area. The hotels used for the congress are all in the city centre within walking distance or short tram ride away from the congress venue.

Helsinki – World Design Capital in 2012
The World Design Capital of 2012 will comprise a wide range of events and projects related to design and its manifestations. Design is a factor deep-rooted in the urban lifestyle of Helsinki. Design is manifest in the everyday lives of Helsinki citizens in many ways, ranging from home furniture and items that represent old Finnish design traditions to modern urban solutions in the city and contemporary interior design.

The creative sector is re-shaping the economy and enhancing the citizens’ quality of life. Design seen from a broad perspective – in city planning, architecture, industrial design and service design – plays an integral role in the development of Helsinki, city services and consumer products.

Public transportation
The congress venue is located adjacent to the city centre. Public transportation in Helsinki is plentiful, offering buses and local trains as well as tram and subway lines and boats. A single public transportation ticket costs approx. € 2,50. A tourist ticket for one to seven days can also be purchased. For more information about public transportation please see

For example Journey p lanner is an easy way to check route and timetable options for public transportation:

Restaurants, shopping, tours, events etc
The hotels, restaurants, cafés, shops and the sights to see are within a walking distance in central Helsinki. This city is surrounded by one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos and vast natural parks, so Helsinki has plenty to offer.

For details about restaurants, events and attractions please see: and

For tours please see:

Currency and credit cards
The official currency in Finland is Euro (€). Most major credit cards are accepted in hotels and shops. VISA, Euro- and MasterCard are accepted at the symposium registration desk. Personal or company cheques will not be accepted at the registration desk or shops. Traveller’s cheques can be cashed in banks and exchange bureaus.

Restaurant prices and taxi fares include the service fee. Tipping is at guest’s discretion in restaurants and hotels.

Climate and clothing
The average day-time temperature in Finland in August is around 15-25°C (55-75°F). Evenings may be cooler. Fairly warm weather with occasional rain showers is likely. So you might benefit from packing both lighter and warmer clothes. Take an umbrella to keep the rain away!

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Important dates and links to online forms:
Online registration
Submission form

NOK 2012 Second Announcement