Nordic Business Forum will be rescheduled to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Actor George Clooney spoke for the sold-out hall at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki on October 10, 2019. Picture: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today
Actor George Clooney spoke for the sold-out hall at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki on October 10, 2019. Picture: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

The Nordic Business Forum 2020 that was supposed to take place in Helsinki in September has been canceled. It’s happening despite the new government guidelines, where events of over 500 people could be arranged by following Finland’s safety protocol in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The restrictions, however, according to a news release by the organization, would still “make it impossible for our guests to participate and network in an indoor event like ours with over 7,500 people.”

Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki is one of the leading annual business conferences. With speakers ranging in the past from President Barack Obama to Arnold Schwarzenegger (Arnold was supposed to attend this year also) the event is designed to inspire and connect.

“Even though the COVID-19 situation in Finland is currently fairly well under control, the threats of the pandemic are still there,” said Aslak de Silva, CEO of Nordic Business Forum, in the statement. “Globally, many countries are struggling, and we have no certainty of what the situation will look like in September. Our main event in Helsinki is a large international indoor event, which is why we have decided to reschedule the event to 2021,” Silva said.

Next year, Nordic Business Forum will be organized on September 29–30 in Helsinki with the theme of “Rethinking Business.”  Confirmed speakers include Yuval Noah Harari, Lloyd Blankfein, Björn Wahlroos, Francesca Gino and Zoë Chance.

And there’s more to come.

Tony Öhberg