The 104th World Esperanto Congress was organised in Lahti on 20–27 July 2019. The congress gathered together speakers and aficionados of the Esperanto language as well as experts of the field from 57 different countries. In all, almost 1,000 delegates participated in the congress. The home base of the congress was the Isku Areena in Lahti, and events were also organised in Lahti’s Sibelius Hall and the Lahti City Hall.
On excursion days, a total of 22 guided trips were organised for the delegates; 17 in the Päijät-Häme region and five outside the region, e.g. to Rovaniemi. The programme also featured a light-hearted football match: Esperantists of the world vs Finland. Previously, the congress has been organised in Finland three times: twice in Helsinki, in 1922 and 1969, and once in Tampere in 1983. The Finnish Esperanto Union was responsible for organising the congress under the lead of its executive director Tuomo Grundström.
The congress guests gave positive feedback on the successful arrangements as well as Lahti as a congress city. This is how the World Esperanto Association’s Clay Magalhães thanked the city of Lahti and their partners.
“Thank you for your message and kind words! The congress was a great success and it was made possible thanks to all the support you and your entire team gave us. Lahti is a charming city to hold events in; all the delegates were very satisfied with the time spent there.
We are going to see next year in Montreal whether it is true that our congress brings heat waves to whichever city/region we are having our event because last year in Lisbon it was also warmer than normal during the week we met there :). Lahti and Finland made such a good impression on me that it would not be a surprise if I decided to visit the country again very soon.”
Kind regards and best wishes,
Konstanta Kongresa Sekretario
Read more about Lahti as a congress destination here.