29 September 15.00–16.30, virtual panel discussion: "Supporting multilingualism in everyday life, work life and society"

The panelists:

  • Pia Bärlund, Service Manager, the City of Jyväskylä
  • Juha Eskelinen, University Instructor, the Master's Programme of Translation and Interpreting, University of Helsinki
  • Leena Nissilä, director, University of Helsinki Language Centre
  • Katriina Rapatti, Teacher of Finnish as a mother tongue and as a second language, Lehtikuusi School, Vantaa.
  • Marjo Vesalainen, Counsellor of Education, Ministry of Education and Culture

The panel discussion will take place in Finnish

1 October 9.30-11 Main event at Think Corner: "What do language skills consist of?"

No registration required for the main event. Follow the event here.


  • Opening words, Director of the University of Helsini Language Centre Leena Nissilä
  • Greeting from the Ministry of Education in Finland, Permanent Secretary Anita Lehikoinen
  • Presentations (in Finnish):
    • Kielitaitoa ja ammattitaitoa, Lari Kotilainen, dosentti, Suomen kieli ja kulttuuri, Helsingin yliopisto
    • Monenlaista kielenoppimista uhanalaisen ja elpyvän kielen yhteisössä, Annika Pasanen, professor, saami sociolinguistics, Sámi allaskuvla / Sámi University of Applied Sciences
    • Kielenoppimiseen tarvitaan osallisuutta, PhD Minna Intke-Hernandez, University Instructor in Spanish, University of Helsinki Language Centre
  • Closing words, Vice-rector, Hanna Snellman, University of Helsinki

1 October 11.30-15 Introductory lessons: Learning a new language starts today

Take advantage of a handy and quick way of familiarising yourself with a new language. Language learning starts from pieces of language. By attending an introductory lesson associated with the European Day of Languages, you can take with you pieces of a language you do not yet know.

In celebration of the day, the Language Centre of the University of Helsinki will organise, together with its collaboration partners, several introductory lessons in a range of languages. The introductory lessons offer an opportunity to get to know the basics of a new language online.

The lessons are free of charge, and their duration is 15 minutes each. You can attend several lessons if you wish. Advance registration is required, and all lessons will be held over a remote connection.

All of the introductory lessons are suited to beginners, with the exception of the lessons in French and Finnish, which are intended for slightly more advanced learners. You can check the proficiency level and the support language of the lessons from the lesson timetable. Browse through the program and sign up for the lessons that you find interesting. 

Registration starts on 8 September 2021.