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Helsinki

Helsinki, the capital of the Nordic country of Finland is also its largest city. Helsinki which is located in the Baltic region of Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, lies in the southern part of the country. This location of the Finnish capital is actually quite strategic for it enables it to function as the Baltic region’s commercial gateway to the countries of Russia and Sweden.

Helsinki which has been through various economic upheavals in recent times is today one of the fastest growing cities in Europe and it is home to a well educated , multilingual workforce which is largely a product of the country’s free education policy. The Finnish education system which provides free instruction up to the University level and beyond for all its citizens is widely recognized to be the best in the world, it is no wonder then that this Nordic country which was the first among its neighbors to join the European Union has been rated by the Swiss research institute IMD as Europe’s most competitive economy. For Finland in recent times has rapidly transformed itself from a largely agrarian economy to a high tech powerhouse that is often linked with a burgeoning telecom industry of which perhaps the most famous company is Nokia which is the leading supplier of mobile phones and telecom equipment world-wide.

In fact Nokia which has its headquarters in the Helsinki region is the marquee employer in the city though Helsinki is also home to various other well known, international Finnish companies like the country’s legacy airline Finnair which is a member of the One World alliance, Stora Enso, a major paper and packaging company which is representative of Finland’s traditional industry, the export of pulp and paper, Merita Nordbank and Leiras which is a rapidly growing pharmaceutical company. Aside from these home-grown enterprises, Helsinki is also home to several multinational companies like ABB, Kvaerner, ICL and Shell who find it easy to operate in a city which is often admired for its business practices and skilled, English-speaking population. The main business areas of the city are concentrated around the Kamppi-Töölönlahti area which is located in the centre of Helsinki though the city’s many high technology companies are located in the Ruoholahti and Pitäjänmäki areas of the city.

Helsinki also features in the list of the world’s top twenty conference centers as it has hosted important world events down the ages like the world famous US-Soviet Summit in 1990 which featured the meeting of American President George Bush and Russian premier, Mikhail Gorbachev. Accordingly the city is equipped with a selection of well outfitted conference and event venues like the Helsinki Messukeskus Fair and Conference Center, the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre which is located near the city’s airport and the Marina Congress Center. Moreover to cater to the many needs of conference and convention attendees and frequent business visitors, the city is also kitted out with a wide array of business hotels like the Radisson SAS Hotel Espoo, Radisson SAS Seaside Hotel Helsinki, Klaus K Hotel, the Holiday Inn Helsinki City Center all of which offer a variety of diverse amenities like meeting rooms, free broad band internet, fitness rooms and saunas which are often coveted by the corporate traveler.

Helsinki is also well served by its modern Helsinki- Vantaa airport which is located twenty kilometers to the north of the city and plays host to major global airlines. The Helsinki- Vantaa airport can easily be accessed by bus and train from the city center. These buses and trains which provide transport links between the business district and Helsinki’s airport are a part of Helsinki’s efficient public transport system which is made up of trams, buses, ferries, taxis and the metro. This small and compact city which can be easily navigated on foot is also equipped with an environmentally friendly communal bike system which offers bicycles for hire at a nominal cost.

Helsinki additionally has various places of interest which provide a welcome diversion from the business at hand for the corporate traveler. The city is renowned for its avant-garde design district which is located in the heart of the city and is home to several bars, hotels, restaurants and antique stores. In fact Helsinki has been appointed as the 2012 World Design Capital, in recognition of the use of design as an effective tool for social, cultural and economic development in the city. Further the city is equipped with a wide assortment of museums and attractions like the arte-fact filled National Museum of Finland, The Helsinki City Museum, The Finnish National Gallery, The Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, the Helsinki Cathedral all of which provide ample sight-seeing opportunities for the business traveler who wants to combine work with some leisure activities.

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