Uusikaarlepyy (Nykarleby in Swedish) is a small town in the Western part of Finland, approximately 450 km from the capital, Helsinki (Helsingfors in Swedish). Nykarleby was founded by Gustavus Adolphus in 1620, who fought in the Thirty Year's War as a significant commander on the Protestant side in the battle against the Catholics.
Today the town has about 7 500 residents of which 87 % speak Swedish as their first language 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.