The suitability of Helsinki as a venue for major events can be summarised by its compact size, proximity to nature and exotic Northern appeal. In Helsinki you can experience not only exceptional major events, but also the unique city itself.
Helsinki’s functional and affordable public transportation makes it fast and convenient for competitors and spectators to move about between sporting venues and hotels and into the heart of the city itself. Major event venues, such as Helsinki Ice Hall, Hartwall Arena and the Olympic Stadium, are situated close to the city centre, allowing visitors to make the most of related events, the city’s own cultural offerings and the best shopping opportunities. The wide range of events in our friendly city guarantees a good time for visitors also when they are not watching the sporting events.
Helsinki - at the centre of events
Guidelines for event organizer
Event organizing eased by electronic registration
Events are an increasingly significant part of urban culture and citizen comfort in Helsinki. About 1,800 events are organized in the city each year, necessitating a great deal of work related to organizing. To ease this work, the City of Helsinki introduces electronic event registration as the first municipality in Finland.
An event organizer can now make nearly all required announcements and permit applications at the City eServices pages asiointi.hel.fi by fulfilling only one electronic registration form, which replaces up to ten separate conventional forms. The e-form is used to register and apply permits for public, sales and marketing events in the city of Helsinki.
Helsinki is World Desing Capital 2012
The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) designated Helsinki as the World Design Capital for the year 2012 on November 25th, 2009.
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.
In addition to the City of Helsinki, the Cities of Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti are part of the Helsinki World Design Capital 2012. Helsinki’s World Design Capital year 2012 will comprise a wide range of events and projects related to design and its manifestations. Read more
Helsinki celebrates 200th anniversary of becoming the capital of Finland
In 2012 Helsinki will also celebrate the 200th anniversary of becoming the capital of Finland. Before that Finland was a grand duchy of the Russian Empire. Unioninkatu is a street that forms a major axis through the Helsinki city centre. The street will be at the core of the Helsinki bicentennial celebration throughout the year 2012 featuring art and design. In addition to the mystical blue laser, which will be beamed through the street from the University of Helsinki’s Observatory to the Kallio Church in late autumn, the street will be lined with Unionkatu panoramas – stories of street corners – during Helsinki Festival in late summer, and Helsinki Energy will turn electrical boxes into a street gallery.
The various special events and projects throughout the year will be harnessed to support Helsinki 200, including the light art LUX Helsinki city festival starting on New Year, the Helsinki Day on 12 June and Helsinki Week around it, the Baltic Herring Market in October, and the Christmas season events. Read more
New Helsinki Music Centre opened in August 2011
The Helsinki Music Centre is a concert venue and meeting point that will be open to all.The Music Centre will be the home for two eminent orchestras, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the one and only music university in Finland, the Sibelius Academy.
Helsinki Music Centre
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Upcoming big events