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Is the conference taking place in person?

Yes, this conference will be a fully in-person conference at Radisson Blu Seaside, Ruoholahdenranta 3, 00180 Helsinki, Finland.

How much is the conference participation fee?

To enable the conference to be as accessible to as many people as possible the following conference participation fees apply: 

€350 for non-members coming from high GDP countries

€300 for EASPD members coming from high GDP countries

€200 for non-members coming from low GDP countries*

€100 for EASPD members coming from low GDP countries*

*Lower GDP countries**:

Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo***, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine.

**Countries with a GDP up to 85 according to Eurostat. For non-EU countries, the data is extracted from the World Bank.

*** This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

What is included in the conference participation fee?

The conference fee will include access to the activities within the conference programme, including the panel and workshop sessions; lunches and refreshments on 12th-13th October, and a conference dinner on 12th October.

 Can I register for one day or is it compulsory to register for both days?

 No. Every participant has to register for both days, regardless of which workshops they will attend.

 If I want to attend only one workshop, do I have to pay the full fee?

Yes. It is a two-day event, and you will have to pay the whole fee, regardless of how many workshops you attend.

Can I purchase tickets on arrival at the conference?

No. The tickets have to be purchased online beforehand. Please note that we only accept payments by card. 

Will EASPD bear the hotel room costs of participants?

No. If needed, all participants will have to arrange for their own hotel rooms.

Can external guests participate?

Yes, this event is open to all.

Where will the Conference Dinner be held?

The official conference dinner will be held on 12th October at restaurant Bank. The venue is fully accessible. Dinner will be served indoors.

Address: Unioninkatu 20, 00130 Helsinki.

Transport to dinner: The dinner venue is a 20-minute walk from the conference venue. It is also possible to take the No. 7 Tram line. 

More information:

Who can enter Finland without a VISA?

• Foreign citizens who have a valid, multiple-entry Schengen visa, which has been previously used in one of the Schengen states, or foreign citizens who have a valid permit of stay in one of the Schengen states;

• Foreign citizens who have a valid, multiple-entry US or UK visa, which has been previously used in the respective country of issuance, or have valid permit of stay in the US or UK.

• Foreign citizens who have a 10-year residence permit, issued by the competent authority of the United Arab Emirates, valid not less than one year from the moment of entry.

• Foreign citizens who can enter and stay without a visa in the Schengen area. 

More information about the list of countries requiring an entry visa can be obtained from the website Visa requirement and travel documents accepted by Finland - Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Is Travel Health insurance necessary?

Travel Health insurance is a recommendation.  

Pharmacies are available across Helsinki and most are open between 09:00-21:00, with a different opening hours schedule for weekends and public holidays.

One example from the private clinic:

For medical emergencies whilst in Finland, one may call 112.

What is the best currency to use in Finland?

National currency in Finland is the Euro (EUR), with 1 EUR = 100 cents. Credit cards are widely accepted across the country, including restaurants, hotels bars, and shops. If and which credit cards are accepted is indicated by the logos displayed on the exterior facade of the respective business (usually on the entrance door). 

 At Helsinki Airport, can find several ATM and FOREX cash machines before and after security.

Will Wi-Fi internet access be available in the conference venue?

The event participants will be provided with Wi-Fi internet access at the event venue. There is WiFi coverage in the entire Radisson Blu Seaside, including inside the meeting rooms, coffee breaks, and lunch areas.

What is the telephone code for Finland?

The telephone code for Finland is +358.

Which plug types are used in Finland?

The standard electrical supply is 230 V, 50 Hz. Standard European plugs can be used.

What time is it in Finland?

Finland time is in the East European Time (EET) zone, which is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+2).

What is the climate in Finland? 

On average, the temperature in October ranges between 5°C and 9°C with a high possibility of rain on some or every day.