Practical information
The Aleksanteri Conference is one of the largest annual conferences of Russian and Eastern European Studies in the world. It takes place in Helsinki in late October and stretches over three days. Over 200 papers are presented during the 50 panel sessions and more than 400 participants attend the conference every year. The theme of the conference varies from year to year.

If you have any questions or need more information concerning the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us:

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The conference will be held at the University of Helsinki City Centre Campus in the Metsätalo building, which is also the headquarters of the Faculty of Arts. It is located in Helsinki City centre. The main railway station, the main bus terminal, and many hotels are within 1 kilometer of the conference venue.

Address: Unioninkatu 40, Helsinki / Fabianinkatu 39, Helsinki.

Some of the events take place at a nearby venue called the ThinkCorner. Address: Yliopistonkatu 4, Helsinki.

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City Centre Campus Map

If you need a certificate of your acceptance to the conference or a visa invitation letter, please contact the conference organisers at after you have registered.

Helsinki is the capital of Finland, with more than 650 000 inhabitants in the City of Helsinki, and close to 1 250 000 in the Greater Helsinki Area. It is a safe & lively city with great infrastructure including easy and reliable public transport. A one-way trip within the city centre costs 3,10 Euros.

The weather in Helsinki can be unpredictable in October, so please check in advance and prepare for anything from +12°C to -5°C — with or without snow!

Electricity: In Finland the power sockets are type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Water: Tap water in Helsinki beats most bottled waters. You can refill your bottle anywhere. It's a safe and ecological choice.

Free time: There's lots to see and do (and eat!) in Helsinki, all year round. To plan your visit download the Helsinki Highlights Visitor Map or check out the sites below.

Activities in Helsinki

Day trips from Helsinki

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