In English

Finncon is the largest and oldest science fiction and fantasy convention in Finland. It is organized by fans and volunteers each year in a different city — in 2024, we will meet in Jyväskylä, Central Finland, in July 5-7. Our main location is the main building of Jyväskylä University on the Seminaarinmäki campus.

Finncon 2019 in Jyväskylä (Jyväskylän Kesä / Samppa Erkkilä)

This year, the theme of Finncon is WORLDS. Our international guest of honor is writer Ursula Vernon (USA), also published as T. Kingfisher. Other guests of honor are writer Tiina Raevaara, fan Tero Ykspetäjä, and researcher Jyrki Korpua.

As opposed to many international conventions, Finncon is always free of charge and open for everyone — no memberships, no tickets, no hassle. It is a welcoming and inclusive event for everyone interested in any form of speculative culture. We are expecting an audience of several thousands of congoers.

Guest of honor Ursula Vernon

Finncon for international congoers

Some programming items will be in Finnish, some in English and some in Swedish. English is the main language of our academic track and a significant portion of researchers taking part in it are international academics. Read our call for papers.

Everyone coming to Finncon can also suggest programming items via this form. Suggestions of programming in English are highly appreciated.

The convention site

On Friday, there will be writing-related programme as well as a closed research seminar for academics organized by Finfar, the Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research. Saturday and Sunday will be fully packed convention days.

Panel on politics in SF and SF in politics at Finncon 2019 (Oskari Rantala)

Finncon 2024 will be held at the Main Building (C) of the University of Jyväskylä, designed by the renowned architect Alvar Aalto. The address is Seminaarinkatu 15.

Seminaarinmäki campus is only 1.6 kilometres away from the railway station and city centre, so you probably don’t need public transportation. However, you can reach the convention site also by bus or a taxi.

Getting to Jyväskylä

Jyväskylä is located about 270 km (170 miles) north from Helsinki and 150 km (100 miles) north-east from Tampere. Arriving at either one of these larger cities and traveling to Jyväskylä by train is by far the easiest option for getting to Jyväskylä.

SFF book flea market at Finncon 2019 (Oskari Rantala)

Staying in Jyväskylä

Finncon does not organize accommodation and there is no dedicated con hotel. The closest accommodation options are Time Hostel (450m from con site, Vaasankatu 29) and Finlandia Hotel Alba (800 m, Ahlmaninkatu 4).

There are several more hotels in the city centre very close by, the most affordable of which are probably Omenahotelli Jyväskylä (1,3 km, Vapaudenkatu 57) and Hotelli Milton (1,2 km, Hannikaisenkatu 29). You can compare accommodation options on web services such as Booking.com. The are also some AirBnb options around the city.

As Jyväskylän Kesä festival is held at the same time, it is advisable to book your accommodation sooner rather than later.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact info@2024.finncon.org.