The word got out a couple of hours ago, but now it is official: Helsinki is bidding again to bring Worldcon to Finland, this time going for 2017.
There was a meeting of fandom today in Turku, where lots of future plans were discussed and starting the bid was decided (so this time it wasn't a drive-by shooting decision). The bid website will be helsinkiin2017.org (once the DNS records have been updated), and you can follow the bid events on Twitter (@helsinkiin2017) and Facebook as well.
The initial press release follows.
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