Media Centre at Finlandia Hall
Finlandia Hall is within walking distance of the city centre, and Helsinki Central Railway Station and Kamppi Bus Station are only about one kilometre from the venue.
The renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto designed Finlandia Hall as a venue for congresses and events. It was completed in 1971 and is one of the masterpieces of Finnish architecture.
The Media Centre at Finlandia Hall is open during the informal meetings of ministers and the Commission’s visit to Finland.
How to get there
Media representatives must obtain accreditation in advance to access the Media Centre. Have your accreditation badge and the same identity card you used for accreditation at hand on arrival at the Media Centre. Please be ready to undergo a security check.
Make sure to collect your accreditation badge from the Government Registry before arriving at the Media Centre.
More information: Accreditation and collection of badges
The Media Centre is located on Level 0 of Finlandia Hall. The entrance is K4 on the Karamzininranta side of the building. Finlandia Hall is within walking and cycling distance from the hotels pre-booked for media representatives. You can rent a bike from the numerous city bike docking stations around the city.
Trams 4 and 10 take you to Finlandia Hall, the closest stop on Mannerheimintie is called ‘Kansallismuseo’. The Media Centre entrance is on the other side of the building. Please make sure to allow enough time to reach the venue in case of exceptional traffic arrangements.
Finlandia Hall is an 800-metre walk from Helsinki Central Railway Station and its metro station and a 900-metre walk from Kamppi Bus Station.
Tickets for public transport must be purchased in advance. You can buy tickets from ticket machines and R-kioski or by using the HSL Mobile Ticket application. A single ticket for the Helsinki travel area (zones AB) costs about EUR 3. Tickets are not sold on board trains, buses or trams.
Accredited media representatives can collect a Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) travel card from the Helsinki Tourist Information at Helsinki Airport (open 10.00–20.00 in terminal 2, arrivals hall 2A) or from the media information desk in Finlandia Hall. To get the card, you need to present your media accreditation badge or the letter confirming your accreditation. The travel card gives you two (2) days of unlimited travel by public transport in the Helsinki region (zones ABC). It is valid on all buses, trams and commuter trains as well as on the metro and the Suomenlinna ferry.
From the Airport
There are two public transport options between Helsinki Airport and Helsinki Central Railway Station (zones ABC). The train connection has two services, I train and P train, and the journey takes about 30 minutes. Public transport bus line 615 operates between the airport and Helsinki Central Railway Station and takes about 50 minutes. The ticket for zones ABC costs around EUR 5.
Finnair City Bus is an express line that operates between Helsinki Airport and Helsinki Central Railway Station. Tickets cost about EUR 6.50, and they are sold on board and online. Finnair City Bus always chooses the quickest route according to traffic conditions. The journey takes about 30 minutes.
By taxi, it takes about 20 minutes from Helsinki Airport to the city centre. The taxi fare is about EUR 40–45.
The Media Centre is open from 15.00 to 21.00 on the evening before each meeting. On meeting days, it opens at 7.00 and closes four hours after the last press conference.
Information desks and contact information
Please contact the information desk at the Media Centre if you have any questions during the meeting or want to find contacts for interviews. Submit your request for photo opportunities online through links provided in the media programme of each meeting. Photographers should collect their pool cards at the information desk.
Media representatives needing a printer or a photocopier can use those at the information desk. Please consult the desk if you need technical support.
The Host Broadcaster’s desk is in the editing facilities on Level 0.
Inquiries: [email protected]
On meeting days, the restaurant at the Media Centre serves a hot lunch and dinner and snacks free of charge.
Press conferences of the informal meetings of ministers take place in Press Room I on Level 0, next to the K4 entrance. Press Room II (Aurora Hall) on Level 1 and Press Room III (Veranda 4) on Level 0 can be used for national press conferences and other press briefings.
Schedule for press conferences are displayed on the internal screens at the Media Centre, on the eu2019.fi website, on Twitter and in a mobile application designed for media use.
The Media Centre has 180 workstations for media representatives. No booking is required. Twenty workstations have an ISDN access point, and high-quality wireless internet access is available throughout Finlandia Hall.
The voltage is 230V.
There are lockers and an unattended cloakroom in the lobby areas.
TV and radio editing booths are available at Finlandia Hall, but the number of booths is limited. The editing booths are provided free-of-charge by the Presidency. Submit your booking request online through links provided in the media programme of each meeting. The booths are equipped with an ISDN access point and video cable link to the live and recorded audiovisual material provided by the Host Broadcaster.
The editing booths have a connection hub, a TV monitor, socket outlets, as well as a desk and chairs. Media representatives should bring their own PCs and cables.
Interview points and stand-up positions
Finlandia Hall has three numbered interview positions in Piazza on Level 1 that media representatives can use for arranging meetings with ministers. There is a well-lit stand-up position on Level 1, available free of charge and without prior booking for media representatives for filming their own material. Weather permitting, media representatives are encouraged to use Finlandia Hall’s terrace with city views.
The Host Broadcaster provides stand-up position services subject to a charge.
Photo opportunities and pool registration
All accredited media representatives have access to the press conferences. Access to other photo opportunities may be restricted.
Photo opportunities with restricted access (pools) for photographers:
- Arrivals and doorsteps (also journalists)
- Family photo
- Round table
List and schedule of available photo opportunities will be available in the media programme of each meeting. The media programmes will also include links for registering for photo opportunities. The photo opportunities will be reserved in the order of registration.
Audiovisual material of broadcast quality and photographs by the Host Broadcaster are available for media use.
Interview requests and interview position bookings are made at the information desk at the Media Centre or by email to [email protected]
Julietta Huttu, [email protected], 0295160268