Social Clubs & Groups in Finland
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- IESAF: International English Speakers' Association of Finland
- Toastmasters International
- The International Wine & Food Society
- Caisa: International Cultural Centre
- InterNations - Helsinki
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IESAF is a popular, fun and ever-growing non-profit organisation of international English speaking people living in Finland, with about 8,500 members hailing from the U.S, Canada, U.K., Australia, Indian, South Africa, as well as many other countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
IESAF organises loads of social events; family events, pub quizzes, holiday parties, game nights, restaurant nights, sports events, picnics, playgroups for children, hobby clubs and related events. A highlight, on the first Wednesday of every month, is IESAF's famous Pub Quiz in Molly Malone’s Irish Bar, which regularly attracts over 100 people.
IESAF's Facebook pages are also great fora for questions, discussions, networking, and sharing of information.
IESAF on Facebook:
Main group: www.facebook.com/groups/iesaf/
Events page: www.facebook.com/groups/HelsinkiExpatMeetupIESAFevents/
A Taste of Home: www.facebook.com/groups/iesaftasteofhome/
Beer Club: www.facebook.com/groups/173703402830161/
Buy & Sell: www.facebook.com/groups/1397255773920664/
Knitting Club: www.facebook.com/groups/527837617285129/
Business Group: www.facebook.com/groups/237971013077971/
Baby & Toddler Group: www.facebook.com/iesafplaygroup
Tampere Knitting Club: www.facebook.com/groups/1573658982890683
Jobs in Finland: www.facebook.com/groups/1428908507403786/
Toastmasters International is an educational organization with clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. The environment is friendly and supportive, and the self-paced program allows you to build confidence with each speaking assignment. Constructive evaluation is the heart of the Toastmasters program; each time you give a prepared speech, an evaluator will point out strengths and suggest improvements. At first you'll be applauded for your effort; later you'll be applauded for your skill!
In Finland the first Toastmasters club was chartered in Helsinki in 2005. In 2008 Tampere Toastmasters was chartered, followed by 'Stadi Talkers' in 2010 and the first corporate club, Nokia House Toastmasters, in 2011. For more information or to sign up for a meeting visit
Toastmasters Finland: www.toastmasters.fi
The International Wine & Food Society (IWFS) is the world's oldest, most prestigious non-commercial gastronomic association. Its purpose is to increase appreciation of the joys of the dining room table, as well as to improve the food, wine and level of service both in restaurants and at home. The IWFS organizes events where like-minded people of all ages meet and enjoy wine and food in good company.
The IWFS Helsinki Branch was founded at Restaurant Särkänlinna in 1987, and there are members in Helsinki, Espoo and Tampere. The Helsinki Branch has held over 160 events, most of them gourmet meals cooked by the members themselves. Cooking demonstrations and courses have also been arranged at restaurant schools, and members have been invited to a large number of commercial wine tastings and other presentations.
Establishing international contacts is an important activity
of the Society, and events include international visits to other IWFS clubs, joint Caribbean cruises and more.
The International Wine & Food Society: http://www.iwfshelsinki.org Site down March 2 2017, maybe temporarily
Caisa is the International Cultural Centre in Kaisaniemi, Helsinki. It supports multicultural development of the city by promoting the interaction of people from different countries, and by providing information about various cultures and about Finnish society. Caisa organises and holds concerts, food festivals, exhibitions, seminars, courses, clubs and its own singing competition The Ourvision Singing Contest. Caisa also lets out its various rooms for educational and entertainment purposes and functions closely with different societies and organisations working for similar causes.
Caisa, Finnish International Cultural Centre: www.caisa.fi Phone (09) 310 37500
InterNations organises social events in Helsinki. Free basic registration but many events have a cover charge.
InterNations Finland: www.internations.org/finland-expats