Kymenlaakson Osakunta is a student organization for students in the Helsinki area. Our members come mostly from the province of Kymenlaakso in South-Eastern Finland. Another connective factor is the University of Helsinki, where many of our members study, but other universities and polytechnics are well represented among our members.
KyO offers versatile activities to its members – all of it organized by the members themselves. We have parties, excursions, cultural activities, sport and clubs. KyO has a magazine of its own, Kypsä, which is published four times a year. Every February the anniversary of our organization is celebrated with a festive ball. In late autumn it’s time to bring light to the darkness in the form of Rajanylitys, our second biggest party that has a different theme every year. In the summer we gather in Kymenlaakso province to maintain our connections to the home region.
Over 80 years of student life at Kymenlaakson Osakunta
KyO was founded in 1933 as a spin-off from Wiipurilainen Osakunta. During that time the province identity was growing stronger in Kymenlaakso and thus the students wanted a nation of their own. Since the 1970’s KyO has shared facilities with Wiipurilainen and Karjalainen Osakunta, co-operation is vivid also on other fronts. Our current home is located in the third student house of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki, Domus Gaudium, built in 2009.
Friendship organizations in Sweden and Estonia
KyO has friendship organizations in both Sweden and Estonia. The ones in Sweden are Kalmar Nation in Uppsala and Hallands Nation in Lund. Our friend nation in Estonia is Korporatsioon Fraternitas Tartuensis in Tartu. Members of our friendship organizations are invited to our anniversary ball in February and to Rajanylitys in October or November. If you’re a member of our friendship nation and would like to participate in an activity, please contact our international representative.
Curator Ester Pentti
kyo-q ät helsinki.fi
tel. +358 50 342 4421
Chairman of the board Esa-Pekka Helanne
kyo-pj ät helsinki.fi
tel. +358 40 864 1113
International representative Iina Elfving
iina.elfving ät helsinki.fi
tel. +358 40 504 6406
kyo-sihteeri ät helsinki.fi (e-mail to secretary)