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Helsinki YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) was founded in 1889. Its founding members included, among others, Sakari Topelius and Arthur Hjelt. Helsinki YMCA is known for its pioneering youth work. Helsinki YMCA has been launching significant forms of work throughout its history. The best known of these are the import of basketball to Finland (Vilho Nuoreva) and the launch of scouting activities (Verneri Louhivuori) and club activities in Finland. 

Today, the YMCA in Helsinki offers various hobby opportunities for children, young people and adults. Activities include clubs, physical activities, music, scouting, adventures, various events, courses and a varied camp offering, among other things. Almost 6,000 children, young people and adults are included in the weekly activities of Helsinki YMCA. An impressive 490,000 encounters were realised through different modes of activity. 

Helsinki YMCA is operated by a support organisation, which also includes Hotel Arthur, which is one of the largest private hotels in Finland. Its profits are spent on activities for children and adolescents. Helsinki YMCA employs 200 people and is part of the YMCA movement, which is active in 130 countries, emphasising the holistic nature of mental, spiritual and physical growth. Helsinki YMCA enables being an active agent both locally and internationally. 


The YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) movement originated in London in 1844. The founder of the movement was George Williams, who was concerned about the growth and development of the young people of his time and the recreational activity opportunities. Today, about 58 million people in 11,220 local associations in more than 130 countries participate in YMCA activities. 
The World Federation of the YMCA was established in Paris in 1855, when the Paris Basis defined the mission of the YMCA. These principles of action have been made clearer at the World Assembly of Kampala in 1973 (the so-called Kampala principles). 

The YMCA came to Finland in 1886 and today there are around 40 associations across Finland. In Helsinki, YMCA activity began in 1889, when Helsinki YMCA was founded. 

Older documents found in the archive (available in Finnish only).


Chairman of the Board

Hannu Niskanen

Deputy Chairman of the Board

Marko Airamaa

Lauri Mäki


Monika Autio

Kristofer Clement

Timo Lappalainen

Markku Lohikoski

Timo Martiskainen

Milla Mäkinen

Essi Pankka

Pepe Salmela

Reijo Tuori




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Helsinki YMCA cooperates with Accountor Oy and Visma Financial Solutions collection agency in handling invoicing, receivables management and collection. The myClub billing system is used in sports and afternoon clubs. Receivables management and collection are handled by Visma Financial Solutions. For more information, please contact:

Eero Finne
050 434 2626

IBAN number of the association: FI97 1573 3000 0176 98



Please submit your invoice primarily as online invoice:

Helsingin Nuorten Miesten Kristillisen Yhdistys:

E-invoice address: 003701999709
Operator: OpusCapita Solutions Oy
Broker ID: E204503

If you are unable to send e-invoices, please send paper invoices to the purchase invoice scanning service at:
Helsingin NMKY r.y.
PL 37747

or by email to:

Helsingin Nuorten Miesten Kristillisen Yhdistyksen Tuki-Säätiö:

E-invoice address: 003701164998
Operator: OpusCapita Solutions Oy
Broker ID: E204503


Kiinteistö Oy Namika Areena

E-invoicing address: 003731319145
Operator: OpusCapita Solutions Oy
Broker ID: E204503

If you are unable to send e-invoices, please send paper invoices to the purchase invoice scanning service at:

Kiinteistö Oy Namika Areena (OpusCapita skannauspalvelu)
PL 26449

or by email to: