Tallinn – Helsinki: The idea of a fixed link, connecting two European capitals is one of the most ambitious projects within the Baltic Sea region. Connectbaltica has been a great supporter of this initiative, by adding this subject to the agenda of its various events.
In 2013 there was a conference, where Niko Stahlberg introduced the idea, which he came out even before Elon Musk.
In 2014 at the 4th Annual Connectbaltica Conference, an Estonian well-known businessman Joakim Helenius presented another approach: The Tallinn- Helsinki undersea tunnel. This initially skeptically adopted idea is now becoming more and more true.
During the conference Mr. Helenius has promoted a fixed link between Helsinki and Tallinn enabling prosperity and growth of the “Two-city-Region”. Once a tunnel has been build connecting both cities, Tallin and Helsinki, people can communicate on daily basis and have direct access to international flights via Helsinki airport. According to the estimations, the travel time between the two cities could be reduced to approximately 30 minutes. The project has been seen as one which will further impact at least the following: immediate ROI perspective, positive strategic impact for the whole region and travel time between two cities could be reduced to approximately 30 minutes.
This initially skeptically adopted idea is now becoming true. The cities of Helsinki and Tallinn, Estonia, have just signed an agreement to develop a rail line connecting the two capitals via a 92-kilometer (57.2 mile) tunnel beneath the Baltic Sea. If all goes to plan, the link could slash journey times: a trip that currently takes one hour and 40 minutes at its very shortest would last just 30 minutes.