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HELSINKI – “It’s a great joy and honour to congratulate the University of Helsinki for its 375th anniversary. The name sign is a gift from the City of Helsinki to an important and appreciated partner,” the mayor of Helsinki, Jussi Pajunen, said in his speech in front of the metro station at the main library of the university, the Kaisa House, on Tuesday afternoon in Kaisaniemi.
Mayor Pajunen, Ville Lehmuskoski, the managing director of HKL, and Suvi Rihtniemi, the managing director of HSL, handed out a ceremonial nameplate ‘Helsingin yliopisto – Helsingfors universitet’ to Jukka Kola, the rector of Helsinki University.
“The university deserves to be known in the city’s nomenclature,” Pajunen said.
After short fanfares, Kola looked at the sign and smiled.
“This is a great joy and an honour to receive the nameplate. It’s true that a 375-year-old university deserves a metro station in this way,” rector Kola said, still smiling.