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The Board 2024

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Martina Aspelin

Wilhelm Wiklund
Head of Projects

Samuel Valjus

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Albert Kivikangas
Head of Corporate Relations

Valentin Vainio
Head of Communications

Marcus Kopra
Head of Finance

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Filip Rönnblad
Head of Cultural Affairs

Teddy Backman
ad of Social Politics

Greta Mäkelä
Head of Educational Advocacy

Werner Olander
Head of Facility Operations

Posts outside the board 2024


Carolina Ahlbom & Sofie Hasselblatt
Chairpersons of the Annual Ball commitee

Stella Wallin

Otto Salo

Counselor of Merkantila Klubben

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Boards through the time 
2010 - 2023


The board 2023

Chairperson: Carolina Ahlblom
Head of Corporate Relations: Alexandra Joukanen
Head of Educational Advocacy: Marcus Kopra
Head of Finance: Patrik Björkroth
Vice-chairperson: Martina Aspelin
Head of Communications: Thomas Sjöberg
Head of Social politics: Teddy Backman
Head of Projects: Iida Kuuva
Head of Facility Operations: Sofie Hasselblatt
Head of Cultural Affairs: Ida Granholm

Editor-In-Chief: Emelie Berglund
Chairperson of the Annual Ball: Heidi Mustonen & Antonia Holmgren





working group

glöggrundan 2.0


Wilhelm Wiklund - Chairperson


Frida Jäntti

Viktoria Björn

Robin Bäckman

Maria Smeds

Martin Påwals


Christine Westerlund

Julia Stenhammar

Elina Pyhtilä


Casper Karlsson

Robin Dahlström

Linda Lindfors

Viljami Vahvaselkä

corporate relations

Daniela Sonntag

Fanny Björklund

Rasmus Piippo



Werner Olander - Chairperson

Jenny Enkvist
Saga Morelius
Michaela Nieminen
Fanny Björklund
Markus Huurinainen
Elli Männikkö
Isabelle Wahlroos
Axel Enkvist

Mikkel Nevala 

Julia Rihko 

Alma Tier 

Katja Suurnäkki 

Victor Salmelin

Marta Belousova

Ellen Blomqvist

Eddie Bäckström



Stella Wallin - Chairperson

Samuel Skrifvars
Mikael Lindberg
Artturi Porko
Christopher Zitting
Emilia Wikström
Werner Olander
Emmi Kemppi
Walter Londen
Julia Halttunen
Ulrika Laurén
Kevin Johansson
Olivia Lerche
Daniela Stendahl
Jenina Wargh
Ida Granholm
Adina Renlund
Miska Laine
Emma Ollikainen
Max Lydman
Victor Grönlund
Thomas Sjöberg

committee of The annual ball

Carolina Ahlbom - Chairperson

Sofie Hasselblatt - Chairperson

Joni Valonen​
Alexandra Joukanen​
Sofia Blumberg ​
Christoffer Ottelin ​
Isa Boström ​
Niklas Österman​
Iida Kuuva​
Adina Renlund

Committee of corporate relations

Albert Kivikangas - Chairperson

Kasper Karhela

Axel Bondestam

Oscar Liinavuori

Victor Lagerträd

Claudia Ramstedt

committee of educational advocacy

Greta Mäkelä - Chairperson

Iida Kuuva
Antonia Velasquez

committee of finance

Marcus Kopra - Chairperson

Benjamin Fellman

Artturi Porko

Samuel Skrivfars

Max Lydman

Committee of communications

Valentin Vainio - Chairperson

Jenina Wargh
Minea Salminen 
Lucia Stenger

Committee of cultural affairs

Filip Rönnblad - Chairperson

Freja Donner

Alexander Arolinna

Elsa Kokkonen

Dennis Söderling

Enni Lakka

committee of social politics


Teddy Backman - Chairperson

Rebecka Malmberg - näringsliv
Wilma Alho - Kommunikation
Zacharias Tallqvist - HSA 
Alexander von Schoultz - evenemang
Niklas Laakso - exkursion
Victor Grönlund - välmående

Committee of projects


Wilhelm Wiklund - Chairperson

Frida Jäntti

Daniela Sonntag

Casper Karlsson

Martin Påwals

Christine Westerlund

ALUMNI Committee 


Samuel Valjus - Chairperson

Alexandra Joukanen

Artturi Porko

Emilia Nordenswan

Jessica Sjöblom

Mikael Lindberg

Christopher Zitting



Document of strategy 2020–2024
Merkantila klubben rf

This strategy seeks to create continuity in the association's operations and act as a long-term plan. It can and should also serve as support for the Board and committees in both planning, decision-making and execution. The strategy should be considered advisory, not binding.

The purpose of the strategy

Construction of the strategy

The preparation of this strategy has been based on a survey of the association's members conducted in the spring of 2019, where the answers have laid the foundation for the content and design of the strategy. The time horizon for the strategy is 2020-2024, after which a new strategy should be prepared and adopted. The basis of the strategy consists of three key words and definitions of these, but as part of the strategy work, the association's steering documents have also been updated to correspond to the new strategy.

Strategical keywords


The association Merkantila Klubben should work to make all members feel included in the business regardless of background and personal factors such as mother tongue and stage of study. During this strategy period, the Association shall attach particular importance to including the Association's graduated members and less active members, and to build and maintain a sense of belonging among them. In addition to internal affiliation, networking with external associations and organizations should be encouraged.


The association Merkantila Klubben shall promote the right of expression of all members, the right to influence, the right to participate and the right to access information relating to the association. The association shall promote two-way communication between the members and its board and strive for a flat and broad organizational structure, where as many members as possible are encouraged to become active. The association exists for its members and will serve the interests of the members over the self-interest of the board and officials.


The association Merkantila Klubben should actively prepare its members for working life and strive to increase the attractiveness of graduated members in the labor market. The association will realize this by promoting networking between the student and alumni in the working world and act as a link between the members and the business community already during the study period. The association will also, for example, through active interest surveillance and a professional outward action, strengthen the brand of the School of Business at the University of Åbo Akademi among business representatives and the rest of society.

Code of Conduct

code of conduct

The code of conduct exists to guarantee a safe and equal environment for all Merkantila Klubben rf members. Every member has the right to a safe environment within the association's activities.

The code of conduct should be applied by all members within Merkantila Klubben rf and the purpose of this code is that each individual should feel safe and comfortable together with the association's members.


The Code of Conduct complements Åbo Akademi University's Code of Conduct (Åbo Akademi University Code of Conduct for a Safe Study and Work Environment) which you can find HERE.

Merkantila Klubben rf has zero-tolerance for all kinds of harassment and inappropriate behavior. These are subjective experiences and actions that depend on context and personal experiences. We take all accusations very seriously and encourage victims to seek help and support. If you notice that someone is being abused - take action! Just being quiet is not ok!


At Merkantila Klubben rf, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our members first and foremost and therefore want to ensure that the environment is pleasant for everyone. If you experience inappropriate behavior within our association during events or otherwise among the association's members:


1. Tell that the behavior is unpleasant and wants it to stop.

2. If the behavior continues, contact the person in charge, or a board member, tutor, or counselor depending on the event.

3. The incident will be investigated and dealt with within the Disciplinary Committee, where appropriate action and sanctions will be decided for those involved in order to prevent similar situations.







More information is available on Åbo Akademi University's website

If you have questions regarding this, you can contact the Chairperson of the Board, Martina Aspelin

or any other board member. Board contact information can be found HERE.

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Martina Aspelin

Environment Plan



Merkantila Klubben rf strives for environmental friendliness in its operations and encourages all members to do the same.


The purpose of the environmental plan is to function as a guideline and a tool for the association's activities. The environment plan establishes principles that the association must work in accordance with in order to promote sustainable development and at the same time a reduced environmental effort. The activities within Merkantila Klubben rf are implemented with the points in the environmental plan, and with the help of it want to be able to influence the environment around them.


Merkantila Klubben rf's operations strive to function sustainably by taking the environment and the environment into account in the decisions made. Thus, the most environmentally friendly alternatives are sought when the business is planned and developed.


Merkantila Klubben rf ensures that the spaces used by the association have good conditions for arranging sustainable and environmentally friendly events. There should be clear environmental instructions within the association's premises and the board should annually review the instructions for any improvements. The environmental plan is one of the aspects that direct the board in its decision-making and always strives to choose an environmentally friendly alternative. The board should critically examine procurements and the environmental effects they have. In all events, there should be a plan for how this is established, for example in the form of detailed instructions on waste sorting. In addition, the association should avoid making unnecessary acquisitions, preferring the acquisition of used products, and promoting reuse.



1928 The Student Association, Merkantila Klubben at Åbo Akademi University was founded. 

In 1929 the first excursion was organized. MK went to Stockholm in a “dark and difficult storm".

1932/33 The first appearance of the associations satir magazine “Sillstryparen”.

1939 At the beginning of this year, it was decided that MK should hold a seat on Merkur´s board.


1939-1944 The years of the war did shredder dark shadows on the activities at the School of Business and Economics and MK. Part of the teaching was canceled due to a large number of students being called to join the army. Of the 280 male students enrolled at the school, 26 died during the war in the years 1927-1943.


1948 MK participated in the Nordic Business Colleges Congress (NHS) and the Nordic Presidents Congresses.


In the 1950s MK initiated student counseling for first-year students.


1963 The School of Economics moves into new premises.


1965 November 4th MK's own club was inaugurated in the presence of the principal, donors and everyone who was involved in leading the project.


1969 STYL-FESF (Finnish Economy Student Association) was founded and MK joined the organization.

1970 Turun Kauppakorkeakoulu and MK organized the NHS week in Turku with "Eastern trade" as the theme. The NHS later changed its name to NESU (The Nordic Economics Student Union).


1978 MK celebrated its 50th annual ball on November 18 at the Turku Castle. Ulla Achrén, served as the annual ball marshal and the annual ball speech was held by Gen.dir. Mauno Koivisto.

1980 The School of Business and Economics at Åbo Akademi University (HHÅA) became the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at the Åbo Akademi University (ESF).


1988 KällarGardsBanditer (KGB) was founded to work at the association´s club room.

1991 Merkantila Klubben's sports association Henrik Street Athletics (HSA) is founded.


1994 The charity event “Salutorgsloppet” is organized for the first time.

2004 MK gets a new songbook.


2006 A thorough renovation of the club room is done.

2011 Merkantila Klubben's own recruitment fair CareerStartExpo is organized for the first time. The association makes organizational changes and MK's own corporation for prep courses, MK-Tutoring, is founded.

2012 Merkantila Klubben's own sailing club, MK Yacht Club is founded.

2013 Merkantila Klubben brings back the event Glöggrundan with a new concept.

2015 The club room turned 50-years-old and was visited by friend associations, alumni´s and active members of the  association.

2017 The School of business and Economics moves from the Hanken Building to the ASA house and temporarily loses its office and club. The student association operation is able to continue  thanks to good cooperation with the friend associations at ÅA. In the fall, the club room re-opens and the event calendar starts to be filled again. In addition, the association's first garment, the MK sweaters, is launched.

2018 Merkantila Klubben celebrates its 90th anniversary at FBK with almost 400 participants. In addition, a fine party was for the first time organized at the beginning of the year to enable cohabitation in finer attire among the members.

2019 The association's first long-term strategy is prepared and Merkantila Klubben will have a 5-year strategy with the keywords of solidarity, transparency and forward-looking. The control documents and organizational structure are updated. The event Glöggrundan is growing and this year the event brought almost 5000 participants to Turku. Disco Carina on the first floor of the Hanken building returns as the annual ball´s afterparty.

2020 The COVID-19 virus inhibits most of the year's typical activities. Merkantila Klubben's new website is launched in the spring. In addition, the association's new song books are published.


the history in short

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The founding of the association

When the School of Business and Economics at Åbo Akademi University opened its doors in the autumn of 1927, 34 hopeful students were enrolled in the first year. The following year, discussions began on their own student association. The preparing meeting for the formation of the association was held on September 15, 1928. The convener of the meeting must have been cc. Erik Byström and Rune Lilja, who served as chairman and secretary. A committee was set up with the task of presenting a statutory meeting two weeks later to propose statutes and names for the club. Besides Byström and Lilja were in this committee cc. Sven-Erik Björkroth, Knut Mannström, and Torsten Engström. At the statutory meeting October 27 presided Ralf Törngren, who at that time was a teacher in economics at the School of Business and Economics at Åbo Akademi University. The first proposal for an annual ball date was Anders Chydenius's birthday on February 26, but this date was not supported by the meeting. Not because the students would have had anything against the great economist and priest, but the day was unsuitable because of other reasons: the Student Union's annual ball was held February 18, the Vasa Nation's annual ball was on February 26, and the Swedish business and economics students in Helsinki had already selected Chydenius to their "patron saint".


Nils Filén then suggested one of the School of Business and Economics's donors' birthday. The following meeting appointed the donor August Wahlström's birthday on November 26 as Merkantila Klubben's annual ball date.


But the child also needed a name. At the meeting on October 27, there was only one name proposal presented by c. Björkroth: Merkantila Klubben at the Åbo Akademi Student Union r.f.

The name proposal was immediately accepted and today the official name is Merkantila Klubben rf at Åbo Akademi University.

Merkantila Klubben's


Ralf Törngren, Nils-Holger Ahlblom, Sivert Andersson, Tancred Berg, Sven-Erik Björkroth, Ingegerd Björkvall, Carl Axel Blom, Karin Bruun, Erik Byström, Stig Calamnius, Birger Carlstedt, Great Calén, Karin Engdahl, Torsten Engström, Nils Filén, Willy Gielen, Gösta Hamström, Paavo Heimo, Rune Lilja, Tore Lundström, Uno Lännqvist, Birgit Malmborg, Knut Malmström, Bengt Mecklin, Ulla Molin, Eitel Nyman, Rafael Rautalin, Waldemar Rönning, Lahja Saariaho, Astrid Sandholm, Carl-August Schauman, Astrid Sonck, Helge Staffans, Lars Ström, Ola Wallin, Aarne Vesterlund

August Wahlström

August Wahlström's large testamentary donation in 1923 enabled the founding of the School of Business and Economics at the Åbo Akademi University in 1927. The donor's birthday, on November 26th is the Merkantila Klubben's day of celebration.


Merkantila Klubben annually organizes several smaller excursions and a larger one abroad, where different corporations are visited. In recent years, MK's members have visited:
2002 Milano
2003 Edinburgh
2004 Budapest
2005 New York
2006 S:t Petersburg
2007 Amsterdam
2010 Wien
2011 Dublin
2012 Budapest
2013 Amsterdam
2014 Prag
2015 Dublin
2016 Bryssel
2017 London
2018 Budapest & Wien
2019 Barcelona
2020 No excursion
2021 No excursion
2022 Lisbon
2023 Valencia

Directory Documents
Data Protection Description


1) Maintainer of the register

Merkantila Klubben rf

Tuomiokirkkotori 1, 20500 Turku




2) Personal data manager

The Association's Vice-Chairperson: Samuel Valjus

+358 44 2911012



3) The names of the registers

The personal data processed by the association can be found in the following registers:

Suomen Ekonomit Member Register

Register of individuals who have worked with positions of trust at Merkantila Klubben rf

Register of individuals who have received awards of honor at Merkantila Klubben rf

Register of individuals who participated in the association's events

Merkantila Klubben rf:s mailing lists 



4) The intention for the processing of personal data

The association uses the membership register together with the Suomen Ekonomit through separately agreed technical approaches. The information is used to secure membership and, if necessary, to communicate with members.

The association uses personal data in the other registers (mentioned in paragraph 3), only for communication, documentation of the association's activities and to promote the association's own or its partners' activities.



5) Information content of the register

Through the member list of the Suomen Ekonomit, the association processes the following information: name, address, date of birth, membership number, telephone number, e-mail address and the time of registration. The association does not save the information only processes it. The information is processed by the association's chairperson or vice-chairperson.

Through the other registers (mentioned in paragraph 3), the association processes the following information: name, telephone number, and e-mail address. The information is processed by the association's board members.


6) Regular sources of information

All personal data in the register has been transferred by the person concerned. A member of the Merkantila Klubben rf will be added to the Suomen Ekonomit's membership register when Suomen Ekonomit receives their contact details and the Merkantila Klubben rf:s membership fee. Persons who have worked in positions of trust, or who have received honors, are connected to the registers with the person's consent.

When a member of the Merkantila Klubben rf joins the Suomen Ekonomit, the e-mail address provided by the person in connection with the connection to Merkantila Klubben rf's mailing lists is added.

A member of the Merkantila Klubben rf is added to the register of individuals who participated in the association's event when the member in question signs up for an event.



7) Regular transfer of information

Information is never transferred to another party. Information may be published to the extent agreed with the person concerned.



8) The principles of the security of registers

The processing of the register is handled with care and information processed using information systems is properly protected. When information is stored on Internet servers, the association takes care that the devices are properly protected physically and digitally.

The maintainer of the registry takes care of the fact that saved information, as well as the server's usage rights and other critical information regarding the data protection of personal data, is treated confidentially and only by the persons who are entitled to it.


9) Right of review and right to demand the correction of information

Every individual whose personal data is included in the register has the right to review the information contained in the register of the person in question. The person also has the right to demand the correction of incorrect information or to supplement insufficient information.

If a person wishes to review the data stored thereon, or requires correction of data, this must be notified in writing to the maintainer of the register. The maintainer can if necessary, ask the person to prove their identity. The maintainer contacts the person within the time set in the EU Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), that is to say, usually within one month.



10) Other rights for the processing of personal data

A person whose personal data is stored in the register has the right to demand that the information about it be deleted from the register. The person also has the other rights mentioned in the EU Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), including the limitation of the processing of personal data in certain circumstances.



The rights described above must always be requested in writing by the maintainer of the register. The maintainer can if necessary, ask the person to prove their identity. The maintainer contacts the person within the time set in the EU Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), that is to say, usually within one month.

The person responsible for the register cannot delete information from Suomen Ekonomit's member register. If the person wants his or her personal data to be deleted from the Suomen Ekonomit's member register, he/she must contact the Suomen Ekonomit regarding the matter.


Domkyrkotorget 1, 20500 Åbo


Asa office is open Mon-Thu 11:30 - 12:15

Fänriksgatan 3, 20500 Åbo

Asa Corridor B 3rd floor



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