The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Scandinavian Society for the Study of Diabetes (SSSD)

General information

Meeting venue

The meeting venue Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, is located right on the banks of the river Aurajoki, a few blocks from the city centre market square. Address: Linnankatu 32, 20100 Turku. The hotel has payable parking.

MAP link to SSSD venues!
Image: distance city centre market square (”Kauppatori) –  Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel (marked with bed icon)

Turku – the meeting city

Turku, in the Southwest corner of Finland, is the oldest city and the first capital of the country. Today it is the capital of its region, the Southwest Finland. Turku is often said to be the only West European town in Finland as all medieval European towns have four things in common: a river for transport, a cathedral for religious power, a castle that represents the secular power and last but not least – a market place for acts of commerce. Turku has them all! Please visit the Turku tourist office Visit Turku website for more information.

Taxi

Tel. +358 2 10041
Taxis are generally easy to get. There are several taxi stands in the city centre, one on the market square. For a taxi ride from Turku Airport to the city centre you may expect a fare between 25-35 euros. After 8 p.m. there is a small additional charge.

Local bus

If you wish to use local buses, please consult the Föli bus route and timetable system. On the itinerary suggestion, write your departure point (A) and your destination (B) and the system suggests different bus routes and shows also the walking distances. You can buy a ticket from the driver, tickets cost 3 euros (4 euros at night time).

From the airport bus line 1 drives to the city centre and after market place by the Marina congress hotel (and continues to Turku harbour). Please see the whole itinerary here.

Weather in Turku

Please visit the Finnish Meteorological Institute’s website for updated news on weather in Finland. You can also get a 5-day forecast of the local weather in Turku.

Languages

Turku is a bilingual city, official languages being Finnish and Swedish. In addition, you may expect that most people (particularly younger people) have at least basic knowledge of English.

Currency

The Finnish currency unit is the Euro. You can exchange foreign currency and traveller’s cheques in the Forex currency exchange company (address: Eerikinkatu 13, by the Market Place). Banks are open from 10.00 to 16.30 on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. There are numerous cash machines (ATMs) open around the clock and accepting all major credit cards. Major credit cards, in particular Visa, Eurocard and Mastercard are widely accepted almost everywhere (in hotels, restaurants, shops, taxis, cafeterias, bars, etc.).

Voltage

The electric current in Finland is 230V, 50Hz. Plugs are two-pin continental size.

Insurance

Please note that the meeting participants are not covered by any insurance (travel, medical, accident or liability) taken by the Meeting Organisers. The Meeting Organisers cannot accept liability for any loss or damage suffered by any participant or accompanying person or other person during travel to and from the meeting or during the meeting. Participants are advised to consider purchasing their own travel insurance and to extend their personal policy to cover personal possessions.

Cancellation

In the event that the meeting is cancelled by the Meeting Organisers, or cannot take place for any reason outside the control of the Meeting Organisers, the registration fee shall be refunded in full. The liability of the Meeting Organiser shall be limited to that refund.

Contact

For general enquiries, please email to sssd2018@utu.fi.
Registration or payment issues, please email to info@aboaservices.fi.