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Welcome Address

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

TurkuWe are delighted to welcome you to Turku for the 13th  Nordic Sleep Conference in May 7 – 9, 2009. The history of Turku (the name means “market place” in old Finnish language) stretches back to the 13th century, and it used to be the capital of Finland until 1812. Situated at the mouth of the Aura river in the southwestern cost of Finland, Turku has always had frequent connections with Scandinavian and Baltic countries. Nowadays, Turku has one of the largest Finland-Swedish populations in the country. The Port of Turku is one of the busiest seaports in Finland, and boat-ferries cruise the world's largest archipelago between Turku and Stockholm all year round. Turku has been designated by the European Union to be the European Capital of Culture in the year 2011.
Turku has straight flight connections with Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki. The Congress venue itself is located in the heart of Turku, with good connections from the airport and the harbour.

The meeting will bring together the Nordic “sleep family”, both basic and clinical sleep researchers, clinicians, sleep technologists, students and industry.

On behalf of the Finnish Sleep Research Society, I am happy to welcome you to Turku in 2009.

Tarja Saaresranta

President of the Finnish Sleep Research Society

Nordic Sleep 2009 Scientific Committee:

Tarja Saaresranta, President
Paula Salo, Secretary
Sari-Leena Himanen
Christer Hublin
Erkki Kronholm
Jukka Lojander
Juha Markkula
Markku Partinen



Congress Office
University of Turku
Lemminkäisenkatu 14-18 A
20520 Turku, Finland
tel. int. +358 2 333 5021
fax int. +358 2 333 5008
e-mail: congress[at]utu.fi


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