Kouvola is a pleasant city of about 88,000 inhabitants in Southeast Finland. In Kouvola, the urban and the rural live side-by-side. The Kymi River winding through the region provides the local population and tourists with a setting for recreation, serves local forest industry companies and provides a unique landscape. Kouvola is also a railway city.
It is the western terminal of the Trans-Siberian Railway that goes from Europe to Asia, as well as being a significant junction in Finland. The Allegro train takes tourists and business travellers between Kouvola and St Petersburg. The journey from Kouvola to the Helsinki region takes a little over an hour by train and 1½ hours by car.
The conference will be staged at the Kouvola Hall, Kouvola-talo, a popular venue for conferences and concerts housing the Kouvola Art Museum. It is located in the Kaunisnurmi Museum Quarter.
The City’s reception will be held in Upseerikerho (the Kouvola Officers’
club) in the Kasarminmaki campus area. The Kasarmimaki campus used to be Russian garrison area. The barracks were originally built for the imperial Russian army 1911-1915. There are more than 30 red brick buildings which are cultural historically valuable and unique.
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Saint Petersburg is Russia’s second largest city, with a population of 5 million perched at the eastern tip of of the Baltic Sea and the Neva River. St. Petersburg has an extraordinary history and rich cultural traditions that have inspired and nurtured some of the modern world’s greatest literature, music, and visual art. UNESCO list the city among the top 10 destinations worldwide.
In Russia our host will be St. Petersburg State Transport University, the first transport higher school in Russia, with a two hundred years long history. St. Petersburg State Transport University Campus is situated in the very centre of the city. There are 11 buildings for classes and laboratories in one block.
The banquet will be held at White Hall of the Yusupovy Palace, the first building of the University. The Palace of the Yusupovy knights on the Fontanka River embankment was built by architect G. Quarenghi. Moreover, the study room of the First Rector and founder of the University Augustin de Betancourt was organized in the Yusupovsky Palace. At present, Yusupovsky Palace is the center of cultural and academic life of the University. The White Hall of the Yusupovsky Palace is a place where citywide and regional events are regularly held.
The Centre of Railway Culture REILIA was set up officially in 2008. REILIA
is originally a project coordinated by Palmenia Centre for Continuing
Education of the University of Helsinki.
One of the main purposes of REILIA is to create better conditions in
Finland for research on railway history and culture and for the research
of the transport history and the cultural history of mobility in general.
REILIA organises both national and international seminars. In 2009 REILIA
organised an international interdisciplinary seminar “Railways as an
innovative regional factor” (see seminar webpage www.reilia.fi/seminar).
During the three first years REILIA has published four books, one in
English and three in Finnish. REILIA also gathers virtual exhibitions
online and in museums.
REILIA is funded by The European Regional Development Fund ERDF of The EU,
Regional Council of Kymenlaakso and the City of Kouvola.