Finland’s reputation as a destination for congresses and corporate events is internationally acclaimed. The country offers a perfect mix of action-packed adventures in untouched nature with modern high class services. Already for the past twenty years Finland has been one of the top 20 most popular countries for hosting congresses. According to the latest UIA (Union of International Associations) statistics, Finland ranked 17th most popular in the world, and also the best Nordic country. According to congress statistics compiled by Finland Convention Bureau (FCB), 167 international congresses have been confirmed in Finland for the year 2009. Over 44,000 delegates are expected to attend these meetings. The total number of participants for the year is expected to reach almost 60,000 as in the previous two years. This year seven congresses with over 1,000 delegates each will be held in Finland. By far the largest was the 19th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) held at the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre in May, which was attended by nearly 7,000 delegates.