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The University of Helsinki celebrates its 375th anniversary by receiving a gift from the City of Helsinki: a metro station in Kaisaniemi named to the honour of the university on Tuesday, January 20 2015. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

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 mayor of Helsinki, Jussi Pajunen (left), rector of the University of Helsinki, Jukka Kola, HSL’s managing director, Suvi Rihtniemi and HKL’s managing director, Ville Lehmuskoski, holding the ceremonial nameplate at the renaming ceremony of Kaisaniemi metro station. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

“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.


Helsingin yliopisto metro station. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today




The renamed metro station displays the name in three languages: Finnish, Swedish and English. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today