How about watching an ice-hocky game in your free time?


Ice hockey is the national sport of Finland and the passion for it can be seen throughout the country. Hämeenlinna, a small town located in southern Finland, is no exception. It has a strong hockey culture, with both men’s and women’s hockey teams competing in national leagues. For international students, attending a hockey game can be a great way to immerse themselves in Finnish culture and enjoy their leisure time.

Attending a hockey game can be a thrilling experience, especially for those who have never seen the sport played before. The atmosphere in the arena is electric, with passionate fans cheering on their team. The Hämeenlinna hockey team, HPK, has a loyal fan base, and attending one of their games can be an excellent way to get to know the locals and feel a part of the community.

For international students, making connections with the locals is crucial. Socialization activities like attending hockey games can be an excellent way to meet new people and make friends. These new relationships can lead to personal and professional opportunities, which can be beneficial for students during their time in Finland and beyond.

In addition to the social aspect, attending hockey games can also introduce international students to a new hobby or passion. Many people who attend hockey games end up becoming fans of the sport and even start playing themselves. This can be a great way to stay active and healthy while also connecting with others who share the same passion.

For those interested in attending a Hämeenlinna hockey game, there are several options available. HPK has both a men’s and women’s team, and tickets can be purchased online or at the arena. The men’s team plays in the Liiga, the top professional league in Finland, while the women’s team competes in the Naisten Liiga. Both leagues offer high-level competition and an exciting atmosphere.

In conclusion, attending a hockey game in Hämeenlinna can be an excellent option for international students looking for ways to connect with Finnish culture and meet new people. The passion for hockey in Finland is unparalleled, and experiencing it firsthand can be a memorable experience. So, grab a few friends, head to the arena, and cheer on the HPK team. You never know, you might just discover a new hobby or passion!

Dear HAMK International students/alumni, if you are interested in sharing your living and leisure time activity experience, please contact Talent Boost mentor at

Anoush Salazar, alumni of International Business at HAMK (2018-2022), specialized in digital marketing & business analyst, intern at HAMK Talent Boost from March 20 to April 14, 2023.
Qingyang Li, Talent Boost mentor from HAMK

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