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Up, Up and Away - Destination Helsinki

23rd March 2018

Our yearly Travel Incentive is the biggest prize in our Passport to Success Programme and is a fantastic celebration of our Organisers' hardwork and determination to succeed. Each year we travel to an exciting destination and treat some of our Organisers to a much deserved all expenses paid break. 

Our 2019 Travel Incentive starts off in the wonderful Helsinki. Full of history, wonderful architecture, and hundreds of small islands, the Finnish capital is the perfect way to kick-off our celebrations.

But did you know these facts about the Nordic city?

  1. The city has more than 11,000 places to park your boat.
  2. Helsinki has a squirrel as its national symbol.
  3. In 2012 a special dog pool opened in the east of Helsinki - swimming lessons for puppies are especially popular!
  4. In Finland there's a competition where men carry women and it's called the Wife Carrying Championships.
  5. Finland created a National Failure Day in 2010 to encourage people to learn from their mistakes and not repeat them.
  6. It is the norm to have a sauna in your house...and to jump in a lake after you've had one, even in the winter.
  7. Helsinki has a larger female than male population. The women constitute around 53% of the total population of Helsinki.
  8. The city has a huge bunny problem. With thousands of these cute creatures overrunning the city, local politicians and newspapers mention the problem as often as possible.
  9. Finland has the most heavy metal bands, with 53 per 100,000 people.
  10. Because many of Helsinki's buildings and streets resemble St. Petersburg, many Hollywood films were shot there including The Kremlin Letter, Reds and Gorky Park. 

With a dog swimming pool, plenty of locations for your boats and streets that have graced many films, Helsinki is a city full of fun that we're sure you can't wait to explore.

Want to know how you can book your place on the plane to visit this incredible city? Find out all about our travel criteria here.