What is ESN Finland

Finland became part of Erasmus Student Network in 1993 with its first ESN section ESN HYY Helsinki. In 1994, ESN Åbo Akademi joined ESN network as the second Finnish section and the number of sections has been going up steadily, to reach 16 sections in 2011. Today, Finland has four ESN sections in Helsinki area, three in Turku, two in Tampere and the rest of the sections are in Vaasa, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Lappeenranta, Kuopio, Jyväskylä and Joensuu. Many of the Finnish ESN sections are part of their student unions and are working as international committees of their student unions.

In their activities, the sections all over the country organize sauna evenings, parties, pub nights, language buddy activities, sport and cultural events and usually trips to Stockholm, Lapland, Tallinn and St. Petersburg to name but a few things. All sections’ activities differ from each other depending on the local conditions, but most of the sections operate closely not only with their student unions, but also with their institutions’ international student tutors.

On national level, Finnish sections cooperate mainly regionally but plans have been made to have more national cooperation. Finland offers excellent chances for big and small events all over the country.

On national level, ESN cooperates with SYL and SAMOK, the national unions of students in Finland. ESN Finland is also a part of Allianssi, Finnish Youth Cooperation.

ESN Finland’s highest decision-making body is the National Platform which is a meeting consisting of one or two representatives from each section and takes place twice a year. Recently ESN Finland established a National Board to take over the domestic ESN responsibilities, to support the Finnish sections and to represent ESN in Finnish contexts. The first official National Board was elected in the National Platform of spring 2009.

ESN Finland in ESN International

ESN Finland has actively taken part in international ESN events. Annually, ESN Finland joins the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Northern European Platform (NEP) with around 15-20 participants.

The ESN sections in Helsinki have organized the AGM in 2004, CNR meeting in 2005, Nordic Network Meeting in 2006 and National Boards Meeting (NBM) in 2011.

In 2001, Jyväskylä hosted the Nordic Network Meeting. The North European Platform in 2010 was organised in Turku and North European Patform 2013 in Tampere. In 2016, Jyväskylä hosted CNR and later this year NEP will be organised in Oulu.


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