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 On this page you will find information about the main venue of this year’s International Organizations Career Development Roundtable, proposals for accommodation and useful tips for the city of Helsinki.

Main Venue


All 2016 Roundtable’s sessions will take place in the House of Estates on 8th and 9th of December. The House of Estates is a historical building located right next to the city center and near famous sights such as Helsinki Cathedral and Market Square.

  • Address: Snellmaninkatu 9-11
  • Tram stop: Hallituskatu (tram number 7B towards Hallituskatu).


Near the venue there are several nice restaurants that serve lunch for about 10 euros. Here are few recommended places that you can go to have lunch near the House of Estates:

  • University of Helsinki’s Main Library, Amica café

Address: Fabianinkatu 30

  • Restaurant Bryggeri

Address: Sofiankatu 2

  • Café Engel

Address: Aleksanterinkatu 26

  • Restaurant Aino

Address: Pohjoisesplanadi 21

  • Café Köket

Address: Aleksanterinkatu 28

  • Restaurant Sunn

Address: Aleksanterinkatu 26

  • Restaurant Vaelsa

Address: Pohjoisesplanadi 9

  • Restaurant Rodolfo

Address: Kirkkokatu 5


katajanokanlaituri 3

The event will be inaugurated with a welcome reception on the evening of 7th of December at 7 p.m., held at the premises of Finnish Foreign Ministry and hosted by the Unit for UN Development Policy. The venue is located in the beautiful harbor area right next to the Helsinki Market Square and SkyWheel Helsinki.

  • Address: Katajanokanlaituri 3
  • Tram: Number 4 towards Katajanokka, stop name Tove Janssonin puisto.
  • Walk: 15 minutes from city center, through Esplanadipark to Market Square and from there across the bridge towards the Ferris wheel. The entrance is right next to the SkyWheel.



On the night of 8th of December all participants who have registered for dinner, can join us for a Christmas in Finland themed dinner. The dinner will take place in restaurant Savotta next to the Helsinki Cathedral.  Savotta gets its inspiration from Finnish forest, thousands of lakes and our unique history.

  • Address: Aleksanterinkatu 22
  • Tram: Number 4 towards Katajanokka.
  • Walk: 10 minutes from city center, walk Aleksanterinkatu towards Helsinki Cathedral.


Career Fair

On Wednesday the 7th of December, a Career Fair will be organised for mid to senior-level career professionals, but also for graduates and recent graduates/students, at Messukeskus, Helsinki from 10a.m. to 6 p.m.

We hope your organisation will be able to host an information stand at the Career Fair. This will be an opportunity to showcase your organisation, attract potential job seekers and inform them about career opportunities, recruitment procedures, training options and vacancies.

  • Address: Messuaukio 1
  • Tram: Number 9 towards Pasila

More information on the location can be found here.


We have organised special rates for all participants at the following hotels:

Address: Kluuvikatu 8

Address: Mannerheimintie 10

Address: Katajanokanlaituri 7

Address: Kaisaniemenkatu 7

Address: Ruoholahdenranta 3

Address: Yrjönkatu 30

Address: Lönnrotinkatu 13

Address: Lönnrotinkatu 29

Address: Kluuvikatu 4

Address: Merikasarminkatu 1

 How to get the special priced rooms:

Once you have chosen a hotel from this list, click the hotel’s name to open their website. Book the room through email or by calling the hotel.

When you contact the hotel you use the password: Ministry for Foreign Affairs (in order to get the special price).

For the time being online booking isn’t possible with this password, thus the booking needs to be done by an email or by calling.


We strongly recommend that if you plan on using the public transportation more often than once a day, you purchase the day ticket. It can be bought from one day (8 euros) up to seven days (32 euros) from station’s machine. You can choose how many days you want and the price will change accordingly. A single ticket costs from 2,50euros to 3,20euros depending on where you buy it and if it’s a night ticket. The cheapest ones you can have by buying them from the ticket machines located in the airport, main railway station and bus stations. With a day ticket you can ride as many times as you please. Let us remind you that riding without a ticket can be heavily fined. For more information on the tickets, click here.



Built in 1550, Helsinki is Finland’s cultural, historical and political center. We welcome you to explore our northern capital full of life and unique experiences!

Our recommendations

As the Capital of Finland, Helsinki is full of interesting museums, historical buildings and unforgettable events.

If you would like to see historical art, we recommend Ateneum art museum, next to the Railway Station at Kaivokatu 2. It’s open from Tuesday to Friday from 10a.m. to 6p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays it’s open from 10a.m. to 5p.m.

If you prefer contemporary art, you should go and visit contemporary art museum Kiasma in Mannerheiminaukio 2. Kiasma is open for visitors on Tuesdays from 10a.m. to 5p.m., from Wednesday to Friday from 10a.m. to 8.30p.m., Saturdays from 10a.m. to 18p.m. and on Sundays 10.a.m. to 5p.m.

Helsinki also has several beautiful churches from different eras. To recommend some, you should visit the Helsinki Cathedral in Senaatintori, Uspensk orthodoxian church in Katajanokka, Kamppi chapel in Narinkkatori and Rock church in Frederikinkatu.

If you take a short ferry ride from Market Square (with either the day ticket or a single ticket) you can go and visit Suomenlinna, Helsinki’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this island you can explore old castle ruins as well as various kinds of museums or just enjoy the sea view from the hilltops.

It’s almost time for Christmas, so in front of the Helsinki Cathedral you can find the Helsinki Christmas market. Traditional foods, handicraft, Scandinavian design and much more can be found from Monday to Friday from 10a.m. to 8p.m. and on weekends from 10a.m. to 7p.m.

For all the other recommended places, go and visit Helsinki city’s official website.

The Finnish Independence day

To remind you that 6th of December is the Finnish Independence day. It’s a national holiday when everyone gathers together to watch the annual ball dance from television hosted by the President of the Republic of Finland. Some shops might be closed on that day but restaurants and nightlife are usually quite busy on the 5th and 6th. Take this into consideration if you travel to Finland before or on the 6th and join to celebrate the 99-year-old Finland!

Small grocery shops are open with limited opening hours, but big department stores, such as Stockmann, are closed.