Fall in love with Espoo!
What makes Espoo special?
Espoo, the second largest city in Finland, is a vibrant city full of contrasts. In Espoo, modern architecture, large corporations, and culture meet the unspoiled wilderness. Many substantial multinationals like Kone and Nokia have chosen Espoo as their home. Several leading Finnish companies have done the same. This innovative environment and spirit, complemented by the main campus of Aalto University, attracts continuous interest from science and research professionals worldwide.
Large natural areas are characteristic of Espoo: seashores, the archipelago, the wilderness in nature reserves, and the waterways of the lake highlands. The cultural landscapes, constructed environments, and natural areas of Espoo are like Finland in miniature. This, combined with Espoo's location, right next to capital Helsinki, creates vast opportunities for all sorts of business events. With Helsinki, just a 15-minute ride away combines an event in Espoo with the Finnish capital and you have the very best of both worlds.
It is no wonder that Espoo is Finland's second most popular convention city. The city has a proven track record of hosting over 90 international association meetings and several corporate events each year. Aalto University, different research centers, knowledge and business clusters in the metropolitan area annually bring thousands of meeting and conference guests to Espoo.
Innovation and Creativity
Otaniemi in Espoo, the home of international Finnish companies like Fortum, Kone, and Rovio Entertainment's Angry Birds, is Northern Europe's leading innovation and technology hub, distinguished by a unique cluster of top-level research organizations, academic institutions, and technology-oriented businesses. A very important part of this unique ecosystem is the main campus of Aalto University including Finland’s leading university of science and technology. Also VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the biggest multi technological applied research organization in Northern Europe, keeps its home in Espoo. All of which attracts continuous interest from science, research, investors, and business professionals worldwide and has a major impact on Espoo's popularity as a congress destination.
Wild Nature & Finnish Culture
An important part of many successful meetings is the chance to relax and rejuvenate. Espoo offers you a variety of means to do this. Nuuksio National Park, just 20 kilometers away from global company headquarters, is one of the most visited places in Espoo and offers endless possibilities for nature activities. So are you hungry for extreme experiences to counterbalance your meetings?
Enjoy the Finnish hospitality and traditions - try for example real smoke sauna, jump into the lake for a refreshing swim or take a stroll in the beautiful woods. Taste traditional Finnish cuisine in one of the local restaurants or pick the ingredients (like berries, mushrooms, and herbs) and prepare the food yourself. Or how about a rescue suit swimming in the frozen lake! Espoo offers a chance to experience a glimpse of the Arctic too; visit the Reindeer Park, meet the friendly Siberian huskies which love your hugs, raise your adrenaline in a fast sled dog ride and enjoy the evening with a dinner in a real Lappish hut. During winter ice fishing, snowshoeing, and ice spa are a must!
Location: Easy to reach, part of Scandinavia
Espoo's location on coastal Finland, right next to the capital Helsinki, offers excellent traffic connections. It is easy to reach, just a half an hour from the Helsinki international airport and harbors. Helsinki Airport offers direct flights from 130 destinations worldwide. With Allegro fast train journey from St. Petersburg takes only 3,5 hours. Getting around Espoo and the capital area of Helsinki is easy and affordable with an extensive public transportation network. In November 2017 Espoo got its own underground "Länsimetro" which is connected with Helsinki underground network. On the shortest journey to Helsinki, it takes only 10 minutes.
Scandinavia is one of the most popular meetings regions in the world. The five countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden are famous for their pristine nature, excellent infrastructure, high-quality services, as well as their sustainable way of life, and equal opportunities for everybody. Even though the Scandinavian countries have a lot in common, they also have their own specific character.
Flexible Facilities & Professional Services
As a popular conference city, Espoo offers versatile meeting facilities from dedicated congress centers to historical manors and cozy villas by a lake. Whether you have an intimate executive meeting, a congress for a thousand people, a formal banquet, or an outdoor gathering, you will for sure find something amazing in Espoo. The premises and services can be modified to suit the occasion, from intimate customer meetings and dinner parties to sauna evenings. It’s safe to say that Espoo is a perfect place for 500-700 persons’ conferences and seminars but space is also available for events that attract 2000-3000 delegates. Only in the Otaniemi campus area, you´ll find over 100 spaces to choose from.
As a conference organizer, you can be sustainable by choosing one of Espoo's green certified venues. Many of the companies operating in the tourism sector in Espoo have been pacemakers in sustainable travel and meetings. Scandic Espoo is the all-time second tourism sector company in Finland to get the Nordic Eco-Label in 2004. Today almost every hotel in Espoo holds an eco certificate. Congress center Dipoli was the first Finnish meeting industry operator to get the WWF Green office certificate in 2004. And the Finnish Nature Center Haltia in Nuuksio National Park is a true showpiece of ecological architecture.
Did you know that Espoo is one of the most sustainable cities in Europe? Read more about sustainable development in Espoo and check out our tips for more sustainable event organization in Espoo!