Finland became part of Erasmus Student Network in 1993 with its first ESN section ESN HYY Helsinki. In 1994, ESN Åbo Akademi joined the network as second Finnish section and the number of sections has been going up steadily, to reach 15 sections in 2008.
Today, Finland has five ESN sections in Helsinki area, three in Turku, and the rest of the sections are in Vaasa, Tampere, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Jyväskylä and Joensuu. Most 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.
Currently, ESN Finland does not have a budget or income. Sections participate to national and international events on their own cost or with the financial support of their higher education institution or student union. The National Represetative’s meeting- and travel costs are funded by the Centre of International Mobility, CIMO (national Erasmus/Socrates agency).
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.
History of National Platforms:
ESN Finland has also 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 also organized the AGM in 2004, CNR meeting in 2005, Nordic Network Meeting in Helsinki in 2006 and National Boards Meeting (NBM) in 2011. In 2001, Jyväskylä hosted the Nordic Network Meeting and NEP 2010 was organized in Turku.
Many Finnish ESNers have also been members of ESN:s International Board:
You can find ESN Finland's web page here: www.esnfinland.eu
The current ESN Finland board 2011-2012:
Joanna Wierzchowiecka (Treasurer), Jerzy Jasielec (National Representative), Jakub Jakubiak (IT Responsible), Joonas Niemi (President) and Jani Hujanen (Vice-President)