The City of Närpes

The third day of the conference will take place in Närpes (Finnish: Närpiö), located on the west coast of Finland, some 260 km from Jyväskylä. Närpes has slightly over 9 000 inhabitants of which 82% have Swedish, 6% Finnish and 12% other than Finnish or Swedish as their mother tongue. The conference guests will journey from Jyväskylä to Närpes by charter buses. The conference venue in Närpes will be Frans Henriksonssalen which is located in the centre of the town.

Närpes tourism picture

 Närpes Tourism


In Detail - updated 14 August (PDF)

At a Glance


Wednesday, 30 August 2017


7.30 am 

7.45 am


Meet in front of Agora, University of Jyväskylä

Depart for Närpes

12 pm

Arrival in Närpes, City Welcome

Presentation: Finland-Swedish Sign Language - Building a future for a severely endangered language

Lunch + Coffee


Plenary 3: Seeking asylum in Swedish-dominant Finland: stories of Mohammad and Fatema


Panel discussion: Multilingualism and integration in a Swedish-speaking region



Cultural programme: Outdoor museum in Öjskogsparken

6 pm

Depart from Närpes

 10 pm

Back in Jyväskylä

Travel Connections and Accommodation

For those who have chosen the 3 Day conference package, bus travel from Jyväskylä to Närpes (return) is included in the conference fee.

However, you may prefer to continue your onward journey from Närpes. The nearest airport is located in the city of Vaasa (Swedish: Vasa), approximately 80 km from Närpes, where flights to Helsinki and Stockholm are available.

 Vaasa Airport

Vaasa can be reached by bus. The journey takes between 1 – 1.5 hours and costs approximately 15€.

Matkahuolto Bus Timetable

Vaasa Region Travel Information

Vaasa Tourism

If you would like to stay in Närpes, we can recommend Hotel Red & Green, conveniently located within the Närpes conference venue, Frans Henriksonssalen.

 For discount prices, please book the accomodation before 30 July 2017. To access the discount, the reservation has to be made by telephone or by directly emailing the hotel. Please use the discount code “ICML”.


 Prices per night (including taxes, breakfast buffet and sauna):

  • Single room: 93,00€
  • Double room: 118,00€


Alternatively, the nearby city of Vaasa also offers a range of accommodation types and travel connections (see above for travel connection information).

Vaasa Tourism Accommodation