This is SuomiAreena

SuomiAreena is a public debate forum held in July in Pori. This year SuomiAreena celebrated Finland's centenary as an independent country. 

SuomiAreena is organized by the biggest Finnish commercial broadcasting company MTV and City of Pori. SuomiAreena is held simultaneously with the oldest jazz festival in Europe, Pori Jazz; hence the visitors can enjoy lively discussion during the day and musical highlights in the evening. This year 74 000 visitors took part in over 170 events.

Organizers of SuomiAreena events consist of ministries, governmental and municipal organizations, NGO's, labour market organizations, political parties, companies, etc. The discussion topics are related with politics, society, culture and sports. Along with Finnish activists, politicians and other influential people, SuomiAreena has a large number of international participants. Most notable international guests have been the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, Ban Ki Moon.

The events are free and take place in six different main stages: Purje, Eetunaukio, BEPOP, Puuvilla, the courtyard of the City Hall and Antinkatu 5.

At Kansalaistori visitors can explore NGO’s, ministries’, companies’ and other organizations’ booths. Kansalaistori opens its doors on Monday at Market Square and it’s open every day until Friday.

During the week MTV broadcasts over 20 hours of television programs. 


Discussions at SuomiAreena are open for everyone, but we kindly ask media representatives to accreditate through the accreditation form during the summer.

Journalists who have accredited to SuomiAreena can use the press centre which is located in the SuomiAreena-office, Isolinnankatu 12, open from Monday 10 July until Friday 14 July. The press centre offers an excellent place to work during the hectic week.

The Image bank is available during the event on Images are free to use when appropriately credited.

Contact Team SuomiAreena

Mari Haavisto, Executive Producer, SuomiAreena, +358 50 3956135,