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NORNet2023 | 4th Nordic Conference on Research on Transitions, Career and Guidance

Host city and venue


- located in the region of Southwest Finland, one of Finland’s biggest cities

The versatile livelihood structure, top class selection of education, culture, and services, as well as the beautiful archipelago, form a magnetic combination in Turku. In Turku there is everything, but still, Turku is small enough that you can go almost everywhere by foot or bike.

Turku is the oldest city of Finland and was founded in 1229. Turku has a compact size, perfect for exploring the exciting mixture of old and new.

Welcome to Turku!


The conference venue

EDUCARIUM, University of Turku

Recommended walking route from the city centre:

Walk to Turku Cathedral, then continue the street behind the Cathedral called ”Piispankatu” (parallel to river Aura), walk about 600 m until you come to ”Kasarminkatu” street, continue 250 m and you come to a smaller walking path ”Caloniankuja”, turn left and follow the path to Educarium building.

Modern, yet historic

Turku, the former capital of Finland, lies 165 kilometres west of present-day capital Helsinki. Turku offers a skilled and educated workforce, modern municipal engineering, good international connections and flexible services for companies and businesses.

Situated at the mouth of the River Aura, Turku is a major port city today.

Turku is known as a bilingual city; around five percent of the population is Swedish-speaking. A great portion of Turku residents are students: every fourth person is either student or professional in higher education institute.

Urban life is focused around the river, and some of the most interesting sights are located on its banks: the Turku Castle and Finland’s national shrine, the Turku Cathedral, among others. The Old Grand Market Square is located by the River Aura.

Turku facts

  • one of the largest cities in Finland
  • the first school in Finland was established in Turku, the old Cathedral school in the 13th century
  • two universities and four university of applied sciences
  • 40 000 higher education students
  • more than 100 nationalities
  • declared the Food Capital of Finland
  • surrounded by a unique archipelago of thousands of islands and skerries

Getting around

Within Turku and its neighbouring areas, you can get around in many different ways. Public transport in the Turku region is provided by Föli’s bright yellow buses. Journeys can be paid using a travel card, cash or a mobile ticket. A single ticket costs only 3 € and lets you travel for two hours, allowing you to change bus as many times as you like.

You’ll get more information about the local buses on the Föli website.

What could be a more convenient way to go on an adventure around the city? The Turku region’s public transport service, Föli, introduced in spring 2018 the new Föli-bikes, and nowadays it’s impossible not to come across these yellow bikes when moving about the city.

The city bike-share system consists of bikes that are for public use for short-term use and which can be picked up and dropped off at bike stations around the city, so you can drop off the bikes wherever you go. Instructions for registering as well as using the bikes can be found on the Föli website.