Called “The Daughter of the Baltic Sea”, Helsinki is home to some 640,000 people with the whole metropolitan area consisting of a million and more. The city centre has a special relationship with the sea, characterised by countless bays and peninsulas, and a symbol of Helsinki is the “Havis Amanda” statue, chosen for the SETAC Europe 29thAnnual Meeting as a testimony of the love for the marine environment.

Positioned between the East and the West, amidst Slavic and Germanic languages and cultures, Finland, and especially its capital, has always been a very special place. With its own language, similar only to Estonian, our good neighbours across the Gulf of Finland, we stand out among the European nations as a country renowned for a high standard of living, technology, and education. Celebrating its ripe young age of 100 years of independence in 2017, Finland is famous for its friendly and welcoming spirit towards visitors.

Beautiful and cosy, Helsinki offers its guests a relaxed stay. Magnificent architecture, a plethora of fine museums, easy-going lifestyle in a safe and clean environment are the hallmarks of the city. A remarkable archipelago just outside the city and other excellent outdoors opportunities practically just a stone throw’s away from the city offer recreation opportunities hard to match.


The modern and cosmopolitan atmosphere of Helsinki is catching, and even more so now since being a major travel hub to Asia. Although situated in the corner of Europe Helsinki is well connected by air with direct 2-4 hr flights from all European capitals and numerous more from other main cities. Several ferry companies transport passengers to Helsinki from other Baltic Sea countries, with especially connections to Tallinn, the fascinating medieval capital of Estonia only two hours away, are frequent and affordable. Good rail and bus connections to Russia also offer the traveller the opportunity for an easy and comfortable visit to the magnificent city of St. Petersburg and its numerous cultural treasures.