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Jyväskylä is a university town. In the autumn the students organize a boozing event called "The Kauppakatu Approbatur". Kauppakatu Street is the main street in town and has quite a few restaurants and bars, too. During the event the students get points of each beer they order (only one in each restaurant along the street). After the required points they end up in a night club celebrating together. In 2008 the magical night will be the second of October.
Many of the students wear special overalls during these events. Each group has its own. So if you visit Jyväskylä in October and see plenty of young people in white caps and colourfull overalls drunk in the centre of the town, this is the reason (or it is the smaller event when the "old ones" of each subject or faculty teach the "new ones" the student habits of Jyväskylä).
Written Aug 22, 2008
This rally is biggest public event in Scandinavia. It is estimated that number of spectators is about 200 000. World´s fastest rally is held annually in Jyväskylä since 1951. Winner´s average speed in competition has been ~120 km/h in latest years.
In local radio station you can hear results and drives interviews 24h/day.
This rally has been voted for a "best rally of the year" several times by teams and drivers.
Finns are quite unpleasant hosts, victory has slipped for foreigners only 5 times in rallys history.
Official web site in finnish, english and french.
Updated Nov 30, 2006
Favorite thing: The city on Jyväskylä located 300 km north of Helsinki. It is somehow a typical urban-rural metropolitan in Finland, city centre, train station, lake, university and of course, great nature around. Just visiting Jyväskylä for tourism only is not really necessary, but the region surrounding with great nature, national park and other wonderful attractions I haven’t had the chance to see yet.
Written Apr 30, 2005