NordiCHI 2014 will take place in Helsinki, Finland. Helsinki, the capital of the Republic of Finland, is a modern city with over half a million residents and is situated on the Baltic Sea. Helsinki together with the neighbouring cities of Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa forms the Helsinki metropolitan area with more than a million inhabitants.
Helsinki is unique among Northern European cities. The lifestyle in the second-most northern capital city in the world is full of contrasts and activities in the form of hundreds of events and friendly people. Helsinki’s identity has been formed by cultural influences from both the East and West. Monocle Magazine named Helsinki as the most liveable city in 2011. Finnish design has also made the country’s capital city world famous. In 2000, Helsinki was an official European City of Culture while celebrating its 450th anniversary. Helsinki was the World Design Capital for the year 2012, and Aalto University was actively involved.
Over 450 years of history, several architectural layers and the impact of different periods can clearly be seen in Helsinki. The beauty of the surrounding nature blends seamlessly together with high-tech achievements, while old traditions mix with the latest contemporary trends. The city centre has many beautiful parks, and the nearby forests offer an ideal setting for quiet and peaceful walks.
Helsinki’s rhythm is laid back, yet at the same time refreshingly active in terms of both the number and quality of restaurants and nightclubs. Everything is nearby – Helsinki is a pocket-sized metropolis that is ideal for visitors!
The main conference venue, Marina Congress Center, is located in Katajanokka, which is surrounded by sea. Within 10 minutes, you can reach the Helsinki Market Square and the city center. The Marina Congress Center provides modern facilities for the expected 400+ NordiCHI attendees. Address: Katajanokanlaituri 6, 00160 Helsinki.
All pre-conference activities will take place in Aalto University, School of Arts, Design, and Architecture, Hämeentie 135C, Helsinki.
Helsinki is easy to get to from anywhere in the world. Around 120 international flights arrive at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport each day. The airport consistently ranks among the best in the world and is situated just 19 kilometres (approximately 25 minutes) from the city centre. Taxis charge around 50 euros for the journey, or you can take the Finnair City Bus (6.50€) or Helsinki Region Transport’s Bus 615 (5€).
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Information about visa requirements to Finland can be found from the pages of Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Finland. The NordiCHI organizers will send the invitation letter only after you have registered to the conference. Once you have done that, contact firstname.lastname@example.org explaining the need for an invitation letter.