Meeting place

Kompassi is an international meeting place run by Kuopio Setlementti Puijola, founded in 1999. Kompassi is close to everyone in the heart of Kuopio. In Kompass, influence work is carried out, the goal of which is an equal and equal society for all.


In Kompassi our goal is an equal society for all. Our activities support integration and inclusion. Kompassi also provides advice and guidance for everyday matters.

We emphasize community, well-being and peer support. Our operations have a strong group of volunteers who build diverse activities together with the staff every year.

You can come to us directly during opening hours (Kauppakatu 40-42, Kuopio) or by appointment. Contact information can be found at this link.

Employees can be reached:

Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m


Additional information about Kompassi

Job coaching

We offer job coaching for unemployed job seekers with an immigrant background. Validi job coaching is individual coaching, the goal of which is to find a place to work or study.

You can find contact information for job coaches via the link below.

Read more about Valid

Hobby groups

Kompassi coordinates numerous different hobby and peer support groups, such as language clubs, sports and dance groups, and art groups. The groups meet either at the premises of Kompassi or Kompassi`s partners. Clubs usually last`s at least one semester.

The clubs are open to everyone and free of charge. You can drop by the club regularly or when it suits you best. Some of the groups also go to perform at various events, and can organize a program for various event`s.

Contact Kompassi employees and ask more at kompassi@puijola.net or read more below.

Read more about hobby groups

Finnish language teaching

Kompassi  Finnish language lessons and groups are open to everyone and free of charge. There is no need to register for lessons or groups.

All lessons and groups focus on practicing the Finnish language for everyday exchange and communication situations. In the groups, the participants’ knowledge of Finnish society and culture and Kuopio as their hometown is also supported.

All lessons and groups take place at Kompassi premises (Kauppakatu 40-42).

Nonstop lessons are taught by Finnish language teacher Satu Nummi

  1. 050 455 2745, satu.nummi@puijola.net

Read more and see the schedules!

Counseling for immigrants

From us you can get personal advice on everyday matters that are important to you and in different life situations. Counseling is available during Kompassi opening hours or by appointment.

Kompassi`s counseling can also be contacted by authorities, work communities, educational institutions, organizations or the media, if you are looking for a conversation partner for special questions about immigrant work.

Integration expert Tsega Kiflie, tel. 044 078 7286


Read more about counseling and guidance


In 2022, around 86 active people participated in the network of volunteer`s of our international meeting place Kompassi. Each of them participated in our volunteer activities in the way that suited them best.

Read more about volunteering

Facilities reservation

At Kompas, one of our goals is to inspire and support diverse civic activities in Pohjois Savo, that’s why we also offer our facilities for the use of groups, networks and organizations. Ask the Kompassi staff (kompassi@puijola.net) about the availability of the premises.

Read more about reservation`s



We listen to our visitors and boldly use our voice to promote justice in the networks of various actors in society. We enable people’s participation and utilization of expertise through our activities (groups are ideated and guided by volunteers).

We support people’s everyday well-being, e.g. by offering Finnish language practice opportunities as well as social interactions with other people and communal friendship.

Our activities are financed by e.g. STEA, the city of Kuopio and the TE-Keskus of Pohjois Savo. Our most important partners are the various service areas of the city of Kuopio, the Eastern Finland Ethnic Advisory Council, Ely and the region’s higher education institutions and universities.


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