General Information

City of Kuopio

The city of Kuopio, founded in 1775, is the 8th largest city of Finland, with its over 111,000 inhabitants. 600,000 people live in the Kuopio catchment area in all. Kuopio is one of the national centers of expertise and a major university city. Beautiful nature and an enjoyable living environment with outstanding quality of service make Kuopio – a city with quality of life – an attractive place to live. Kuopio has many special characteristics that are well-known nationally and internationally. The most legendary landmarks are the Puijo tower and the Market Place. Kuopio is well-known for several events like Kuopio Dance Festival, Finland Ice Marathon and a diversity of other activities.

Although Kuopio is a modern, developing growth center, the inhabitants have not forgotten their roots – the genuine, positive local atmosphere is even today highly appreciated.

More information about Kuopio for Congress participants.

Meeting venue

The SSHNO2018 meeting venue Scandic Kuopio is located right in the centre of Kuopio, making it an excellent starting point for sightseeing.  The Kuopio market square and the restaurants and shopping streets of the centre, all worth visits, are located just a short walk away. Address: Satamakatu 1, Kuopio

MAP of the city centre

Weather in Kuopio

Please visit the Finnish Meteorological Institute’s website for updated news on weather in Finland. You can also get a 5-day forecast of the local weather in Kuopio.


The Finnish currency unit is the Euro. You can exchange foreign currency and traveller’s cheques in the Forex currency exchange company (address: Eerikinkatu 13, by the Market Place). Banks are open from 10.00 to 16.30 on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. There are numerous cash machines (ATMs) open around the clock and accepting all major credit cards. Major credit cards, in particular Visa, Eurocard and Mastercard are widely accepted almost everywhere (in hotels, restaurants, shops, taxis, cafeterias, bars, etc.).


The electric current in Finland is 230V, 50Hz. Plugs are two-pin continental size.


Please note that the meeting participants are not covered by any insurance (travel, medical, accident or liability) taken by the Meeting Organisers. The Meeting Organisers cannot accept liability for any loss or damage suffered by any participant or accompanying person or other person during travel to and from the meeting or during the meeting. Participants are advised to consider purchasing their own travel insurance and to extend their personal policy to cover personal possessions.


In the event that the meeting is cancelled by the Meeting Organisers, or cannot take place for any reason outside the control of the Meeting Organisers, the registration fee shall be refunded in full. The liability of the Meeting Organiser shall be limited to that refund.