Map of Finland
University of Jyvaskyla
Jyvaskyla is a city located in the center of Finland with a population of approximately 85,000 people. It is part of the "Region of Jyvaskyla". Jyvaskyla is an educational center and the University of Jyvaskyla is a popular university in Finland. The acronym: JYU - "Jyvaskylan Yliopisto" (University of Jyvaskyla, Finland). This is our destination.
Finland, like Canada, is a northern country. Comparison: Regina is north of the 50th parallel whereas Jyvaskyla is north of the 62nd parallel, therefore it is considerably more northern than most Canadian cities.
Finland is a Nordic country that was once part of Sweden and then Russia. It is surrounded by Russia to the east, Sweden to the west, Norway to the north and Estonia to the south. Helsinki, located in the south of Finland, is the capital city. The language spoken is Finnish and to a lesser degree Swedish.
Part of Finland sits above the Arctic Circle, and during the winter, when we will take up residence, there will be no sunrise for two and one half months, and the reverse is true for summer, when the sun doesn't set for 73 consecutive days.