The First Joint International Conference on Multibody System Dynamics, IMSD, will be held in Lappeenranta
, Finland. Finland has been a member of the European Union from 1995. Its population is 5.3 million and it is situated in northern Europe between the 60th and 70th parallels of latitude. A quarter of Finland's total area lies north of the Arctic Circle. The neighboring countries of Finland are Sweden, Norway, and Russia. The City of Lappeenranta is situated on the shore of Lake Saimaa in South-Eastern Finland, only 30 km from the Russian border. Lappeenranta has 70 300 inhabitants, which makes it the thirteenth-largest city in Finland.