A Helsinki tradition: the Herring Market 7-13.10.2012

Are you looking for something to do, you should definitely take the time to visit the traditional Herring Market at the Market Square in Helsinki.

The Herring Market has been organized since about 1743 and it is one of the traditions that is part of life in Helsinki every October.

Have a walk around and taste the different herring and other fish products as well as the traditional black bread!

The opening hours are:
7.–12.10.2012  7 a.m. – 7 p.m., 13.10 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

If you want to read more about the Herring Market, please see the Helsinki 200 website.

Photos from the opening day can be found on the Port of Helsinki website.

Your Home, Your Vote!

Did you know that you might be entitled to vote in the upcoming municipal elections? Municipal elections are held every four years in Finland, and this year is election year. The elections will be held on the 28th of October 2012. Who will you vote for?

What are the hot topics of the municipal elections? Would you like to discuss important issues with candidates from the Helsinki region? Are you curious to know what direction your home town will take in the future, or do you want to voice your opinion on how the Helsinki region should develop in the coming years? Are the interests of international people represented at the municipal level and if so, what are the most important topics to you?

Does any of this sound relevant to you? It should, because it is all about Your Home and Your Vote. Don’t miss this interactive, international panel discussion! The panelists are young candidates from different political parties and the discussion will be in English.

The international panel discussion Your Home, Your Vote! will be held in the Think Corner (Aleksanterinkatu 7, Helsinki) on Wednesday the 19th of September 2012, 18:00-19:45. More information can be found on the Facebook page of the event.

The discussion is organised by the Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) and the Student Union of the Aalto University (AYY) and is a part of the official programme at the Helsinki Region Welcome Weeks.

Hope to see you there!

Annika from the Student Union

The University Promotes a Smoke-Free Environment

Towards a tobacco-free academic community. Our University will work towards a non-smoking environment.” This was the decisions of the University’s Cooperation Committee at the beginning of 2012 in response to a proposal by the occupational health and safety committees concerning a smoke-free University. The non-smoking policy will apply to the academic community as a whole, including both staff and students.

The non-smoking policy will be adopted during the academic year 2012–2013. After the launching of the policy smoking (normal and electronic cigarettes) will be forbidden in all University facilities and permitted only in designated areas outside University buildings. Areas designated for smoking will be located, with signs, at an appropriate distance from buildings to ensure that tobacco smoke does not enter the buildings. Smoking areas will be indicated on campus maps, and any changes will be reported on each campus. All University events will also be smoke-free.

After a tentative launch of the non-smoking policy last spring, the Kumpula Campus has removed established smoking areas which were unofficial or close to the main entrances.
On the City Centre Campus, areas previously used for smoking on the stairs outside the Main Building on Unioninkatu and in the immediate vicinity of the Fabianinkatu entrance were designated smoke-free. Waste bins incorporating ash trays at the entrance to the Porthania building were also moved closer to the street.

Want to know more about the smoke-free university? Ask Pirjo Kekäläinen, Occupational Safety Officer, Tel. 09 191 22257

Have you ever seen Helsinki from above – slowly floating on air?


You might get a chance to since The Hidden City Race, organized Friday 7 September, will present the chance to win a ride in a hot air balloon!

6 hours, Students and Families – who will get the best points in tasks related to discovering the history & designing the future of Helsinki?

Sign-up ends on the 6th of September, so check out the official Welcome Weeks web pages to sign up and read more about the race and other happenings during the Welcome Weeks.

Time to Learn Some Finnish!

Photograph by Eeva Anundi
Photograph by Eeva Anundi

The time to register for the autumn semester’s Finnish courses for international exchange and degree students has started! The registration period will end next Friday on August 31st at 11.59pm or 4pm depending on the course.

The Department for Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies is responsible for the Finnish language teaching for all the International Students of the University of Helsinki. Check out their webpages on more information about different courses and means of registration.

For those students who won’t be arriving before August 31st, if you missed the registration, you can still contact the teacher of the course you’re interested in to enquire whether there would be space in the course.

Helsinki Region Welcome Weeks are getting closer!

Helsinki Region Welcome Weeks will be held this year between 25.8-21.9.2012. Welcome Weeks is a three-week event bringing together all old and new Helsinki Region International residents on the topics of careers & entrepreneurship, active citizenship, kids & families, languages & cultures, sports & Fun.

The event is organised by Uusimaa Regional Council, the cities of Helsinki and Espoo, and Helsinki Education and Research Area (HERA).

Go and check out Helsinki Region Welcome Weeks’ web pages and read more about what’s on offer!