A group of finnish fans has announced that they will bid to host the Worldcon in 2017 in Helsinki. The finns finished second in the voting for the 2015 Worldcon (losing to Spokane). Helsinki will once again be in a race with multiple other bids as Japan and Montreal have previously announced bids for 2017.
Eemeli Aro will chair the bid with Karoliina Leikomaa as the bid’s Project Manager. Currently, the other bid committee members are Crystal Huff, Jukka Halme and Hanna Hakkarainen.
The proposed venue is the Messukeskus, Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki. They propose to hold the convention to in August.
“October 13, 2013 Helsinki, Finland
Finland Bids for Worldcon in 2017
We are excited to announce that the Finnish fandom has today met and agreed to bid for Worldcon in Helsinki in 2017. Our proposed venue is the Messukeskus, Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki, and we will be bidding for the convention to take place in August, 2017.
The Chair of the bid will be Eemeli Aro with Karoliina Leikomaa acting as the Project Manager of the bid. The initial bid committee at the moment consists of Crystal Huff, Jukka Halme and Hanna Hakkarainen. With the support of the rest of the Finnish fandom and our many friends from all over the world, we are determined to work towards bringing our corner of the world to Worldcon.
The year 2017 will also be special for the Finns: it will be the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence. We hope to celebrate it with all of you at Worldcon in Helsinki!
Mitja “WuMing” Mieskolainen