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Humour Summer School 2012
12th International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter: Theory, Research and Applications

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Finland follows Eastern European Time (GMT + 2 hours; summertime GMT+ 3 hours). The international dialing code from abroad is +384. In international calls  from Finland, dial 00 + national code + area or  operator's code + personal number.  

The best known foreign language among local people is  English. It is quite common to get services in Swedish and Russian languages too.

Finnish currency is  Euro. Most stores and services (incl. taxis)  accept bank or credit card payments. In local busses paying with coins is recommended.   All banks are situated  along the main street Olavinkatu and  on  the corner of  the marketplace (See map)  where  one can easily find ATMs too. The opening hours for banks are from 9.30  or 10.00 am  to  4.15 pm. Banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday.

The shops have varying opening hours.  The marketplace and most shops are open everyday in July.

The electricity  supply in Finland is 240 volts.  European style 2-pin plugs are in use. Delegates should bring their own adapters.

Services at the Savonlinna Campus

Lunch is provided to all delegates at the restaurant of  the Campus. All dietary requirements should be indicated in advance (e.g. on the registration form).

The Campus hosts a small yet extensive library. During the convention Wlan  internet access will be available at the whole Campus. Those delegates who have EDUROAM connection can use their own usernames.  There  are also  several workstations which the participants can use.

Things to do at Savonlinna

In July Savonlinna is crowded of visitors who want to participate various culture events or just to enjoy the environment and athmosphere of  the town and lake Saimaa. There are lot of programme around Opera Festival which celibrates its 100th anniversary in 2012 , and other smaller events too.  If you are interested in the history of the local  area and folks, please, visit Savonlinna Provincial Museum. (See also tourist information)

There are safe beaches around the town (near the venue and the castle, for example). It is safe to get swimming from the other shores too, yet, it is wise to check the bottom before diving and to avoid shores along strong streams.     

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