General Information

Course Dates
Monday, June 13 to Friday, June 17, 2016

Course Organising Bureau
Official Language
The official language of the Course is English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.

Transportation from/to Helsinki Vantaa Airport will be provided for delegates of the ESPN 2016 Course during arrival (June 13) and departure (June 18), by shuttle buses.
Delegates are kindly requested to contact the Organising Secretariat upon finalization of their travel arrangements, and communicate their flight details, in order for the final itinerary to be better organised.
Public transportation from/to the Course venue in Långvik is not available.
Taxis can be hired on the spot at Helsinki Vantaa Airport or ordered at the Course venue. Average time to/from the Helsinki Vantaa Airport is 40 min. and average cost per way by taxi is 70€.

Passport & VISA Requirements
European citizens whose country is under the authority of the Schengen Treaty may enter Finland with nothing more than a valid identity card or passport. Citizens from all other countries must show their passport upon entry in the country; where a visa is required, this must also be presented to the border authorities and must indicate the length of the holder's stay and his/ her destination. Visa applications (specifying the reason for the trip) must be made to the Finnish Embassy/Consulate in the applicant's country of residence, and are valid for a period of 90 days from entry.
For more information, click here to visit the webpage for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Currency / Credit Cards / Banking
Since 1999, the currency used in Finland is the euro. One euro is divided up into 100 euro-cents. There are eight different coins (1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 euro-cents) and seven notes (5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros).

Power sockets that are used in Finland are of type F; a round-pin adaptor is necessary for electrical appliances. Standard voltage is 230 V and standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Summer is warm and bright with almost 20 hours of daylight at the latitude of Helsinki. The temperature often rises to +20 oC and occasionally even gets above +30 oC. North of the Arctic Circle the midnight sun stays continuously above the horizon from early June to early July, but even in the southern parts of the country, such as Kirkkonummi, summer nights are very short and light, since the sun sets only just below the horizon.
The weather in Långvik in late May - early June is generally mild, with a daily mean temperature of 17oC (62oF).

Time zone
During summer, Finland is in EEST (Eastern European Summer Time), i.e. UTC/GMT +3 hours.

The international access code for Finland is +358. The outgoing code is 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). In case of emergency, please dial 112.

About Långvik – Kirkkonummi*
Långvik is situated in Kirkkonummi, a municipality of 38,000 inhabitants in southern Finland. The literal meaning of the words "Kirkkonummi" and "Kyrkslätt" in English is "church moor".
The municipality is located just outside the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, bordering the city of Espoo in the east. Kirkkonummi has two famous peninsulas, namely Porkkala and Upinniemi, the latter one of which houses a major Finnish naval base. Porkkala is also on one of the main bird migration routes in the Baltic Sea region. Additionally, Kirkkonummi has a large central plains area, through which a railway goes from Helsinki to Turku as well as extensive lake areas, much of which is relatively untouched wilderness.
Kirkkonummi has been populated from the Stone Age to the present day as evidenced by the very first Stone Age rock paintings found in Finland that are located by lake Vitträsk in the central lake region of Kirkkonummi. Incidentally, these paintings were found by the famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius himself.
* Source:  Wikipedia (