Helsinki 2019

Europe on the edge.
Why roots matter in shaping Europe’s future

Does Europe still have a hope – or are we on the edge of a crisis of systemic proportions? Where can we find roots that sustain and provide future for our continent…?

For the first time, the Schuman Centre will hold a second State of Europe Forum in the same year.

The second State of Europe Forum 2019 will be held in Helsinki, the capital of Finland which holds the presidency of the European Council during the second semester this year.

Here are our first confirmed contributors to the event:

Dr. Evert Van de Poll (France):

Professor of Religious Studies and Missiology at the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Heverlee, Leuven, Belgium. His book Europe and the Gospel offers an overview of the origins and nature of Europe, relating contemporary European developments to the formative influence of Christianity.

Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi (India):

Philosopher, social reformer, international speaker and author of The Book that made your world and This Book changed everything. Dr Mangalwadi has lectured in over 40 countries, published seventeen books, and contributed chapters to many more.

Jeff Fountain (Netherlands):

author of Living as People of HopeDeeply Rooted and other titles (see shop), and also writes weekly word, a weekly column on issues relating to Europe.

State of Europe Forum Helsinki is organized by the Schuman Centre for European Studies together with the Finnish think tank Kompassi. Recordings and proceedings of past State of Europe Forums can be found at the website


Registration page:
Event price: € 80 (including all events plus lunch and coffee on Saturday). Student price: 40 €


Friday 22.11. 18-21 Opening (free entry)
: Vanha kirkko (Old Church), Lönnrotinkatu 6, Helsinki
With Vishal Mangalwadi, Jeff Fountain and many others

Saturday 23.11. 9 – 18 State of Europe Forum seminar
: Lähetyskirkko (Mission Church), Tähtitorninkatu 18, Helsinki
8:00- Registration opens, coffee served
9:00 Opening meeting
10:15 break
10:30 Breakout sessions 1
12:00 Lunch
13:15 Breakout sessions 2
14:45 Coffee break
15:00 Breakout sessions 3
16:30 Closing session and summary

Instructions for those coming from abroad

HOTELS: If you want to stay in a hotel, please book yourself a hotel early in time as rooms may be in high demand due to the Finnish EU presidency. We have reserved rooms for participants in Suomen Raamattuopisto (Kauniainen), 20 min train ride from Helsinki Center. Participants coming from far away (abroad or in Finland) will be given priority in reserving the rooms. Please be in touch: kompassi(ät)

Vanha Kirkko church is located ca 15 min walk from Helsinki Central Railway Station.
Lähetyskirkko church is ca 30 min walk from the station.

ARRIVING TO HELSINKI: Arrival from airport to Helsinki center is easiest and cheapest by train, but you have to buy the ticket with card/cash from kiosk or vendor machine (card only) before going to the train. Taxis and buses are available, too, but due to the new less regulated taxi system, we cannot say which company to recommend.

Please dress warmly and go and like the SoEF Facebook event!