Welcome to Pohjois-Pohjalainen Osakunta!

The Pohjois-Pohjalainen Student Nation (Pohjois-Pohjalainen Osakunta, PPO) is an organization for university students in Helsinki who are natives or whose family or relatives are natives of northern Finland (Lapland, Kainuu and Northern Ostrobothnia). PPO is active within the Student Union of the University of Helsinki, but nowadays it also takes members from other universities, academies and polytechnics in Helsinki.

PPO offers lots of activities to its members. In fact, all of the activities are also organized by the members themselves. There are parties, excursions, cultural activities, sporting events, theme evenings, movie evenings, trips and clubs. Once a year, in February, there is a big ball to celebrate PPO's anniversary. We also keep up with what is going on and maintain relationships to organizations around us and in our home region up north. It is well known that Mr Urho Kekkonen, the late president of Finland, was an active member of PPO.

PPO was founded in 1907, but the roots reach back to 1643. Also two other nations, Etelä-Pohjalainen Osakunta and Vasa Nation, evolved from the same nation as PPO, and the three are still close to each other and work together.

The three northern organizations own a house, which is like a second home to the members. The legendary house, which is known as Ostrobotnia, was built in 1912, and it is situated between the House of Parliament and the National Museum in Helsinki. The three northern student nations of Helsinki also own a library and a restaurant, and all three provide accomodation for their members. They also publish a magazine called Ostrobotnia. In November every year, PPO, EPO and VN have a big celebration together. The celebration is called the Porthan-ball and it is quite similar to the anniversary celebration, but only bigger since all three student nations are organizing and participating it together. The Porthan-ball was organized for the first time in 1836, and it is the oldest academic ball continuously organized in Finland.

PPO has friendship organizations abroad. They are Norrlands Nation at the University of Uppsala (Sweden), Göteborgs Nation at the University of Lund (Sweden), Studenterföreningen at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Eesti Üliõpilaste Selts (Estonian Students Society) at the University of Tartu (Estonia) and Studenðu korporâcija Imeria in the Latvian University in Riga (Latvia). PPO invites guests from its friendship organizations to Helsinki to celebrate the annual ball and the Porthan-ball. If you are a member of a friendship organization and wish to attend our festivities, please contact our international representative.

Student nations have existed in Europe since the Middle Ages. The medieval Latin name 'nationes' refers to the fact that students would come from different parts of Europe, and they were organized in universities according to their nationalities. In the same way, the students at the University of Helsinki are organized in student nations according to which geographical area of Finland they are from. However, since 1937 being a member of a student nation has no longer been compulsory for a student in Finland.

Contact Information

Chairman of the board (Hallituksen puheenjohtaja)

International representative (Kansainvälisten asioiden toimikunnan puheenjohtaja)

Pohjois-Pohjalainen Osakunta
Töölönkatu 3 A 5. kerros
00100 Helsinki
Phone: +358 (0) 45 127 1769

ppo-sihteeri@helsinki (e-mail to secretary)

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