Helsinki in 2017 was a bid to bring the World Science Fiction Convention, Worldcon to Helsinki, Finland in 2017 – and we won! Worldcon 75 will be held from Wednesday 9 August to Sunday 13 August, 2017 in Messukeskus, the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre.
In addition to being a Worldcon bid, Helsinki in 2017 has been our attempt to bring together European fans of science fiction and fantasy, and to connect all of us together as Worldcon fans. Now we get to continue this work as a Worldcon, and we invite you to join us in Helsinki, and online at worldcon.fi.
Europe is full of fannish activity, but we lack cohesion; we lack a collective that we might all call our own. In other words, while there are many national fandoms, there is no truly European fandom. Our little project is about fixing that, by bringing together these separate groups, and introducing them to fandom at large. We want Worldcon fandom to be truly international, and we believe the way to do that is to bring Worldcon to Europe more than once or twice a decade.
We believe in Worldcon; we believe in its scope and format. If those were to change too much or too fast, the world would soon have a Worldcon-shaped hole in it. But we do want to add to its membership, and its reach, by giving European fans a chance to join this community. We also believe Nordic and Finnish fandom in particular has a lot to show to the rest of the world, and we’d very much like the opportunity to shine. And the right place and time for that is Helsinki in 2017.
Our social media presence is now focusing on the convention, so we invite you to follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr as worldcon75. For bid-related matters you can still email us at if.nocdlrow@ofni.
In total, 2625 ballots were cast in site selection, and Helsinki in 2017 won on the first round of counting by receiving over 50% of the ballots cast with preference. The final voting totals were:
The category “Other” here includes the following write-in candidates: All of the above; Nightvale; Minneapolis in ‘73; Gallifrey (Cheron); Gndevaz, Armenia; Happiness Fulfillment Corporation; Mariehamn; Marseille, France; Boston in ‘89.