The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute was established in 1997, having as its aim the strengthening of contact between Finland and Norway in the cultural and community fields and to increase knowledge about Finland in Norway and vice versa.
The organisations behind the Cultural Institute are The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Foundation and The Norwegian-Finnish Cultural Foundation. The Boards of these Foundations appoint the Board of the Institute, which has members from both Norway and Finland. The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for the basic financing of the Institute.
The Cultural Institute is a centre for information and contact, and responds to enquiries and other matters from the general public. The Cultural Institute carries out extensive external activities in co-operation with Norwegian institutions, with a varied programme consisting of exhibitions, concerts, personal appearances by writers, seminars and lectures.
The Cultural Institute is located at a central address in Oslo, but the whole of Norway is encompassed by our sphere of activities.
The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute works in close co-operation with other institutions promoting contact between our two countries and people.
Finland has a network of 17 cultural and academic institutes worldwide.
The Board of the Cultural Institute 2019:
- Karl Einar Ellingsen, Chairman
- Espen Stedje, Secretary general of Foreningen Norden Norge
- Anna-Maija Isachsen, Sales Director, Hurtigruten
- Jan Sundberg, Professor emeritus
- Niko Valkeapää, Musician