Finland is a Nordic country in Northern Europe bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and Gulf of Finland, between Sweden to the west, Russia to the east, Estonia to the south, and Norway to the north. The capital and largest city is Helsinki. Other major cities are Espoo, Tampere, Vantaa, Oulu, Turku, Jyväskylä, Lahti and Kuopio.

Finland’s population is around 5.52 million, the majority of whom live in the central and south of the country and speak Finnish, a Finnic language from the Uralic language family, unrelated to the Scandinavian languages.

Local time: GMT + 2 hours

International telephone code: +358

Ethnicity: Finns, Russian, Estonian, Somalian, Iraqi, and former Yugoslavian.

Landscape: Finland has about 168,000 lakes (of an area larger than 500 m2 or 0.12 acres) and 179,000 islands. Its largest lake, Saimaa, is the fourth largest in Europe.

Climate: The whole of Finland lies in the boreal zone, characterized by warm summers and freezing winters. A quarter of Finland’s territory lies within the Arctic Circle and the midnight sun can be experienced for more days the farther north one travels. At Finland’s northernmost point, the sun does not set for 73 consecutive days during summer, and does not rise at all for 51 days during winter. The average temperature for October is 7° / 1°.

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Venue of the ECRT2021

The 7th European Congress on Rural Tourism takes place at the
Vierumäki Resort Hotel

Vierumäki is the leading sports and leisure resort in Finland in a beautiful natural environment with over 400 000 visitors every year. Located 25 km north of Lahti, Vierumäki has a great location in the center of Southern Finland. The resort area is surrounded by vast forests and located in the middle of rolling terrain and lakes. The closest municipal services can be found in nearby Heinola, around 10 minutes drive from Vierumäki. Almost 3.5 million Finns live within a distance of 130 km from Vierumäki.

The main congress room “Ballroom” is at the Vierumäki Resort Hotel with modern, high-quality, and comfortable meeting facilities.

The venue is located approx. 1,5 hours from the International Helsinki-Vantaa airport. The nearest train station is in Lahti, buses stop right in front of the station (see tab).

Click here to find pictures of Vierumäki and an area map.

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