This page lists some facts that may be helpful while staying in
Finland. We do our best to keep the information up-to-date but we
cannot guarantee its accuracy.
- Money exchange
The local currency in Finland is
Finnish Markka (FIM, mk). Approximate exchange rates: 1 USD = 5.5 FIM,
1 DEM = 3 FIM, 22 JPY = 1 FIM. Most major foreign currencies can be
exchanged at competitive rates at exchange agencies in Helsinki center
and in Tapiola. Banks also offer exchange service but they usually
charge a higher service fee.
- Credit cards
The Conference Secretariat will accept
VISA, Mastercard and Eurocard for payments. Most stores, restaurants
and hotels accept major credit cards. Cash withdrawals can be made from
ATMs with the credit cards mentioned above.
Otaniemi post office near the shopping center is open on weekdays
from 9:30 AM to 18 PM (subject to change).
There are coin and card-operated telephones near the conference
hall. Telephone cards can be purchased from the university bookshop
and from the post office. GSM mobile phones from most operators will
The country code of Finland is 358 and the area code of Helsinki is 9.
Thus, local numbers must be preceded by +358 9 when calling
internationally or from a mobile phone, and by 09 when calling long
distance in Finland. To make an international call from Finland, dial the
prefix 00 (or one of 990, 999, 994 to choose the operator) and continue
with the country code.
We have some terminals and PCs available for Internet connections and
Helsinki has an excellent public
transportation network. Helsinki City Transport
provides information on using the buses, trams and metro. Regional lines
are needed between the conference site
and Helsinki Center. (Note that bus schedules will change on June
1st.) See also instructions on getting to the
For information on domestic and international long-distance
transportation, consult Finnair,
Railways and the Baltic ferry services (for example,
Silja Line and
Weather and clothing
The conference takes place
just at the beginning of Finnish summer. The weather at daytime is
usually comfortable (15-20 °C) but it is advisable to bring some warm
clothes for chilly nights.
(weather today in
forecast for tomorrow
forecasts in English:
Mon-Fri 9 AM - 9 PM, Sat 9 AM - 18 PM. In
June, some stores will also be open on Sundays. Small and special
stores often close earlier. The stores in the Helsinki railway station
tunnel are open on all days till 10 PM. In the summer, outdoor markets
are open also in the evening.
Tipping and taxes
Tipping is not customary anywhere in
Finland. Service is included in the hotel, restaurant and taxi prices.
Tax is also included in the listed prices.
- Events and ticket reservations Helsinki City Tourist
Office can give information on the cultural attractions and events in
the city. The easiest way to book tickets (opera etc.) is from
Lippupalvelu ticket sales agency.
The Conference Secretariat
will also do its best to help you. The telephone numbers are:
|Helsinki City tourist office ||+358 9 169 3757 |
|Lippupalvelu ticket sales agency ||+358 9 613 86 299 (fax)|
| ||+358 9 613 86 246 (tel. from abroad)|
|0600 10020 (tel. from Finland, 20 FIM/call) |
Other useful telephone numbers
|Emergency number ||112 |
|Directory assistance ||118 |
|Helsinki University of Technology ||4511 (locally) |
|+358 9 4511 (from abroad) |
|Helsinki lost property office ||189 3180 |
|Helsinki City taxi service ||700 700 |
|Regional taxi service (at conference site in Otaniemi) ||700 300 |
|Airport taxi service ||700 800 |
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