The authorized professional guides who work in the Helsinki area are members of one of the two local associations, Helsingin Turistioppaat ry or Helsingfors Auktoriserade Turistguider rf. They have altogether 350 members.

For membership, the associations require the completion of one year’s guide course with oral and written final exams and a very good knowledge of at least one language apart from maternal Finnish or Swedish.

The associations

  • Offer an online list of their members to incoming travel agencies which are members of Association of Finnish Travel Agencies AFTA, www.smal.fi 
  • Promote their competence by organizing continuous education in the form of lectures, visits and seminars. The themes vary from topical events like the Sibelius150 celebration to enhancing professional skills like marketing and information technology
  • Maintain this website

The members of the two associations completed approximately 15 000 guided tours in 2014.  

 

 Helsingin Turistioppaat ry (HTO)

Working language: Finnish

Chairperson Heidi Tetri, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Secretary Paavo Ylönen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Helsingfors Auktoriserade Turistguider rf (HAT)

Working language: Swedish

Chairperson Erja Antell,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

HAT is a member of the Inter-Nordic Guide Clubin (IGC), http://nordicguides.org