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100 years promoting students.

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Throughout its existence, SYL has tirelessly defended and looked after the interests of university students in Finland.


The National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) turns 100 years old in 2021. 

The National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) represents approximately 130,000 university students in Finland. All student unions in Finnish universities are members of SYL. SYL was established in 1921 to promote student well-being and the role and status of students in society.

Throughout its existence, SYL has tirelessly defended and looked after the interests of university students in Finland as their only interest group. The student meal subsidy, student health care and student financial aid are just some examples of SYL’s achievements.

As part of the big anniversary year, we will compile the 100-year history of SYL into an interesting publication, so that future generations may also look back on the history and achievements of the university student movement. To celebrate the anniversary year, we will also film a documentary featuring memorable interviews, snippets from SYL’s history, and a compact look at the future of the organisation.

Become part of the anniversary year – let's make history together!

Share your best memory of your student days!

SYL’s 100th anniversary will be a celebration for all students. Nothing brings the youth of today and of yesteryear together quite like their shared experiences as students. For this reason, SYL will launch a campaign to collect student memories in February, culminating in the week of Vappu (May Day). Memories will be collected using the form until 11 March. Now it’s your turn – tell us what being a student means to you! What would be missing from your life if you hadn’t experienced the ups and downs of student life? What did the future look like when you were a student?

 

What is SYL?

The National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) is an organisation that represents approximately 132,000 university students in Finland. All student unions in Finnish universities are members of SYL. SYL was established in 1921 to promote student well-being and the role and status of students in society.

SYL 100 Years blogs

Welcome to the SYL 100 Years blog! In this blog, we will publish articles from both current and past SYL members as well as interesting titbits about the history of the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL).