General Information

The symposium venue ICT building
The symposium venue, ICT building in the Turku Science Park area, is within a walking distance from the city centre and from the symposium hotels. Street address: Joukahaisenkatu 3-5.

Map of symposium venue and hotels


Turku - the symposium city
Turku is the European Capital of Culture for the year 2011. For further information, please visit http://www.turku2011.fi/en. Turku, in the Southwest corner of Finland, is the oldest city and the first capital of the country. Today it is the capital of its region, the Southwest Finland. Turku is often said to be the only West European town in Finland as all medieval European towns have four things in common: a river for transport, a cathedral for religious power, a castle that represent the secular power and last but not least - a market place for acts of commerce. Turku has them all! Please visit the Turku tourist office Turku Touring website for more information.


Weather in Turku
Please visit the Finnish Meteorological Institute's website for updated news on weather in Finland. See also the local weather (Turku) and get a 5-day forecast http://ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/weather/local.html?place=Turku


Languages
Turku is a bilingual city, official languages being Finnish and Swedish. Furthermore, you may expect that most people (particularly younger people) have at least basic knowledge of English.


Currency
The Finnish currency unit is the Euro. You can exchange foreign currency and traveller's cheques either in banks or in Forex (currency exchange company, address: Eerikinkatu 12, by the Market Place). Banks are open from 10.00 to 16.30 on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. There are numerous cash machines (ATMs) open around the clock and accepting all major credit cards. Major credit cards, in particular Visa, Eurocard and Mastercard are widely accepted almost everywhere (in hotels, restaurants, shops, taxis, cafeterias, bars, etc.).

Voltage
The electric current in Finland is 220V (230V), 50Hz. Plugs are two-pin continental size