Uusikaarlepyy (Nykarleby in Swedish) is a small town in the Western part of Finland, approximately 450 km from the capital, Helsinki (Helsingfors in Swedish). The town was founded in 1620 by the Swedish King Gustav II Adolph and is now the home of 7 500 residents. The language of the majority is Swedish (87 % of the residents) and approximately 7 % has Finnish as their mother tongue.
The conference venue is located next to the river, which flows through the town. The river bank at the conference venue appears in Zacharias Topelius stories about the little boy Walter. Topelius' childhood home is on the other side of the river. When arriving to the conference you will be driving through the school area, where Russian war prisoners were held during the civil war. Today about 540 pupils attend comprehensive school in the area.
Arrival by car is the easiest way to arrive. The conference venue is called Kredu (Kristliga Folkhögskolan) and the address is Seminaarikatu 19, 66900 Uusikaarlepyy. There is a big parking lot at the venue. Parking is free in the whole town.
If you plan to arrive by train, the closest train station is in Pännäinen. Not every train stops there, so you can also take the train to Kokkola or Vaasa. The train timetables are found at vr.fi.
Bus connections between Kokkola/Vaasa and Uusikaarlepyy can be found at matkahuolto.fi. A one way ticket costs around 20 €.
If you are arriving by airplane the closest airport is Kokkola-Pietarsaari (KOK). It is located 40 km from Uusikaarlepyy. It is often cheaper to arrive by airplane to Helsinki and then take the train up north. Travelling from Helsinki to Pännäinen takes 3,5 hours and a one way ticket costs 25-50 €.
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