THE VIIPURI CENTRE
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The Finnish centre for information, culture and civic activities in Viipuri (Vyborg)
The Viipuri Centre was founded by the following organisations:
Handelsgillet i Wiborg r.f.
Karjala Klubi ry
Karjalan Liitto ry
Viipurin Suomalainen Kirjallisuusseura ry
The Viipuri Centre for information, culture and civic activities strives to promote
interaction between Finns and the present inhabitants of Viipuri (now called Vyborg)
as well as to encourage a deeper understanding, on both side of the Finnish-Russian
border, of the history, culture and present-day reality of the city of Viipuri and the
Karelian Isthmus. With the aim of stimulating exchanges of information and experience
between Finns and local residents, the Centre arranges meetings and lectures by experts.
The project has received funding under the EU Interreg III programme for south-east Finland.
Information about the history and present-day life of the Viipuri region
At events arranged by the Viipuri Centre, experts tell about the region and its
development today. The present-day residents of Viipuri are provided with in-depth
information about the history of the region and Karelian culture. During these events,
which are arranged in several languages, experts on the history of the region outline
the background to the most interesting places, the various stages in the history of
Viipuri and environs as well as research in both Finland and Russia in relation to the
The Centre promotes exchanges of exhibitions of works by artists from Viipuri and
Finland and arranges exhibitions featuring old and contemporary art from Viipuri.
Exhibitions of fine arts and photographs describing old Viipuri are held both locally
and in Finland. To enliven cultural exchanges between Finns visiting Viipuri and
the city's inhabitants, courses on traditional food, genealogy and the work of
associations are jointly arranged, in addition to which there are two-way cross-border
exchanges of visits by artists.
Contacts with the business world
Seminars at which Finnish experts and representatives of local authorities and
business life tell Finns about the economy of Viipuri and its surroundings,
legislation and administration are held in Viipuri and Finland. People interested
in going into business in the region are given information on matters connected
with establishing a company and getting operations under way in Russia. The
Centre also provides assistance in finding cooperation partners on both sides
of the border.
Developing the activities of organisations
The Viipuri Centre is trying to support democratic development in Finland's
neighbouring regions. One way in which it does this is to help familiarise people
in these regions with the development of western democracy by outlining the
activities of non-governmental organisations and explaining the principles on
which western civil society operates to local associations. The Centre helps
Finnish non-governmental organisations wishing to establish relations with
bodies in the Viipuri region or launch cooperation projects in various sectors.
Language courses and Suomi-klubi
To promote interaction between Finns and residents of Viipuri, the Centre
arranges language courses, including intensive ones in Russian. To support
these courses it also arranges many visits to places in Viipuri, a cultural
programme and outings to the city's surroundings. Suomi-klubi (Finland Club),
which meets once a month, provides a meeting place for Finns and Viipuri
residents interested in Finland. Lectures there are in Finnish. This gives
people in Viipuri who are studying Finnish an opportunity to practise the
For visitors to Viipuri and the surrounding region, the Centre regularly provides
information about services and various cultural events. It offers Finnish
companies in the tourism sector an opportunity to market their services
in Viipuri. It also provides the local inhabitants with information on Finnish
tourism services and potential cooperation partners in this sector in Finland.
Information and advisory services are an important part of the Viipuri
Centre's work. The Centre provides regular information about cultural and
other events in Viipuri and the region using its Internet site, brochures which
are distributed free of charge and its e-mailing lists.
The Centre compiles information on life in the locality today and produces info
packages on the following themes:
- Tourism and accommodation services as well as tour organisers in Viipuri and on the Karelian Isthmus.
- The activities of authorities and administrative bodies in the Viipuri region.
- Non-governmental organisations in Viipuri and on the Karelian Isthmus and their international cooperation.
- Economic life in Viipuri and on the Karelian Isthmus.
- New laws and regulations in Russia and their application in practice.
The Viipuri Centre provides Finnish visitors to Viipuri with Internet and similar
telecommunications services and when necessary arranges premises for meetings,
seminars and exhibitions. It also liases with providers of interpretation, guide,
consultancy and other services. If necessary, the staff at the Centre quickly
arrange help for Finnish visitors who find themselves in difficulties.
The Viipuri Centre has offices in Viipuri and Helsinki.
How to contact us:
Krasnoarmeiskaja 13, 2nd floor
Tel: +7 81378-26898
Fax: +7 81378-26898
Karjalatalo, 3rd floor
Fax: 09-7288 1710
Kuvassa on Piispankatu eli Podgornaja ulitsa.