Grants may be applied for by individuals, organisations, associations and institutions having activities within the given framework. The Foundation gives priority to cultural activities within the fields of architecture, visual arts, design, film and photo, music, theatre, dance and literature.
New forms of bilateral co-operation will be given priority, so that Nordic projects will not necessarily be evaluated. Single projects will gain priority over repeat events. The Foundation does not provide full financing for projects. There are in existence a number of other Nordic possibilities for financial backing, for example The Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture Point.
The annual amount available varies from year to year.
Applications relating to projects already completed or initiated will not be considered.
NB: Applicants with an address in Finland must apply to The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Foundation.
The bilateral cultural foundation Norsk-finsk kulturfond and Kulturfonden för Finland och Norge was established by the Norwegian and Finnish governments in 1979. The Foundation and its annual returns are administered by a board situated in Helsinki and Oslo. The Foundation has a secretariat in Norway and another in Finland.
The aim of the Foundation is to further understanding and cultural relations between Finland and Norway through support of activities and initiatives which contribute to greater awareness and increased contact between the cultural, community and business life of the two peoples.
The Foundation’s Secretariat can be contacted at:
Wergelandsveien 23 B
phone: +47 22 47 76 83
Finland has two official languages: Finnish and Swedish. Swedish speaking Finns make up approximately 5,5% of the population. Finnish schools put great emphasis on language studies: in addition to Finnish and Swedish, all students must learn at least one additional language. Most usually they choose English.
Finnish youth was evaluated as the most able by PISA’s (Programme for International Student Assessment) most recent report on 15-year olds. Education in Finland at all levels – including higher and adult education – is free, while all Finnish primary and secondary schools serve a free daily lunch.
According to the 2011-2012 Global Competitiveness Report published by World Economy Forum, Finland has the fourth most competitive economy in the world. The annual Corruption Perception Index published by Transparency International shows Finland as the country with the next least level of corruption.
In 1906 Finland became the first country in Europe to grant women the vote, and the first country in the world to give women the right to stand for election. Therefore, Finnish women were the first in the world to use their vote, and to stand as candidates in a national election. Of all the member countries in the European Union, Finnish society is aging at the greatest rate. On a worldwide basis Finland is exceeded only by Japan in the growth of its older population.
Finnish researchers are at the forefront of several areas within the realm of inventiveness, such as forestry development, use of new materials, the environment, low-temperature physics, brain research, bio-technology, genetics and communication.
In music, Finland has a good reputation with a number of well-known conductors, composers and opera singers. Nevertheless, the real passion of the Finns is the tango!
In summer, when nights are light, Finland has many unusual and exciting festivals. One of the country’s ultimate sports events is the annual World Championship in wife-carrying, held in the small town of Sonkajärvi in central Finland. Other interesting events include World Championships in swamp football, in air guitar, and the rubber-boot throwing festival.
If you would like to know more about Finland and Finnish cultural activities, you can visit This is Finland.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT FINLAND | back to top
This is Finland
Web pages maintained by the Foreign Ministry, giving an overview of Finland by means of topical articles.
An information package about Finland: people, history, geography, forests, lakes, myths…
Finland’s big year 2017. Finland became an independent state in 1917.
Team Finland brings together all state-funded internationalisation services.
STATE ADMINISTRATION | back to top
Information about services run by the central authorities in Finland
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
News, analysis and studies regarding Finland’s security and foreign policy and international relations
Information about the work of Finland’s Parliament and its members
The Finnish Government
The Government’s online service
The President of the Republic of Finland
Information about Finland’s President: press releases, interviews, speeches etc.
The Ministry of Education and Culture
The Ministry’s webpages with information about the areas it covers, such as education, research, culture, youth and sport
MAPS | back to top
Active Map of Finland
Click on the various place names and you will reach the home pages of the cities and largest towns in Finland.
TRAVEL FACTS | back to top
See Visit Finland under General Information.
Tourist information from the City of Helsinki: places of interest, events, brochures, videos.
Tourist information and general information about the Åland Islands
Gateway to useful information about Lapland
Helsinki this week
Read the latest edition online.
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Study and work experience
Study in Finland
CIMO’s website provides information about studies, international experience, student exchange and grant possibilities.
Links to the websites of universities and schools of higher education in Finland
Universities of Applied Sciences
Links to the websites of universities of applied scineces in Finland
CIMO – Centre for International Mobility
Information on the possibilities of grants for foreign students
Finlands Akademi finances scientific research at an elevated level.
The society at large
Finnish Research Libraries
Gateway to Finland’s most important national and international libraries with online catalogues and resources
MEDIA | back to top
Finnish Newspapers Association
Special interest group for Finland’s daily papers and their publishers
Finnish Periodical Publishers’ Association
Special interest group for Finland’s periodicals
YLE News in English
News in English from the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation
Watch YLE News
See today’s news!
SWEDISH-SPEAKING FINLAND | back to top
LINKS TO THE FINNISH LANGUAGE | back to top
Helsinki Summer University
Arranges Finnish courses for foreigners throughout the year
Jyväskylä Summer University
Intensive Summer courses in Finnish language and culture
Summer camp for Finnish children and young people living abroad
Introductory course to the the Finnish language from Helsinki University
Introductory course to the Finnish language from Tampere Polytechnic
Practice in understanding written Finnish
ART AND CULTURE | back to top
The Ministry of Education and Culture’s cultural pages
Information package about Finland’s culture policy, infrastructure, libraries, museums, cultural heritage, music, theatre, dance, literature, visual arts, architecture, film and media art
The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes
Gateway to the network of Finland’s cultural and academic institutes
Finland Festivals is a co-operation between 80 of the country’s most important cultural events.
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The National Audiovisual Institute
The National Audiovisual Institute is responsible for the conservation of the nation’s visual memories.
The Finnish Film Foundation
The Finnish film Foundation works to support and develop film production, distribution and performance in Finland.
Helsinki International Film Festival
Love & Anarchy – Finland’s largest film festival is arranged annually in September.
Tampere film Festival
The Nordic countires’ largest international short film festival is arranged in Tampere annually in March.
Midnight Sun Film Festival
The world’s most fascinating film festival is arranged annually in Sodankylä.
Lume Media Centre
Lume Media Centre is a centre for research and development of audiovisual media.
M-Cult was established to promote production, research and development of new media culture.
Information about Aki Kaurismäki and his films
LITERATURE | back to top
FILI - Finnish Literature Exchange
FILI’s task is to increase knowledge about Finnish literature abroad, to promote translation of literature, and to provide support for translation and publication of Finnish, Finnish-Swedish and Sami literature in other languages.
The Union of Finnish Writers
Special interest group for Finnish authors writing in Finnish
The Finnish Comics Society
Gateway to the Finnish world of comic strips
BLF – The Biographical Dictionary of Finland
A new biographical work in Swedish, appearing in four volumes. Over one hundred articles are already published on the Internet.
Lysmasken - ”Firefly”
Literary reviews etc.
Books from Finland
Books from Finland is a periodical covering literature from and about Finland.
DESIGN | back to top
Design Forum Finland
Design Forum Finland works to further the use of design in industry and other business, and to stimulate interest in design amongst the general public, markets and consumers.
Netbased contact with important participants in Finnish design
The Design Museum
The Design Museum is a special museum for design in Finland.
The Finnish Association of Designers
MUSEUMS | back to top
Museums in Finland
Gateway to museums in Finland
MUSIC | back to top
Musical life in Finland – in all its breadth
Finland’s Symphony Orchestras
Information about Finland’s professional orchestras
Finnish National Opera
Website of Finland’s National Opera: opera, ballet, concerts, events, with online booking system
Jean Sibelius’ website produced by The Helsinki Finnish Club
All about Finnish jazz in the net-based magazine Jazzrytmit
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Frame Contemporary Art Finland
Frame Contemporary Art Finland is an expert organisation for international exchange within the field of pictorial art, and lends support to the showing of Finnish art abroad.
Finnish National Gallery
Website of Finnish National Gallery
HAM Helsinki Art Museum
Website of HAM Helsinki Art Museum
ARCHITECTURE | back to top
Links to all you want to know about Finnish architecture.
Museum of Finnish Architecture
Website of Finland’s Architecture Museum
DANCE | back to top
Finnish Dance Information Centre
Comprehensive information package about dance in Finland
Netbased information for contemporary Finnish dance
CIRCUS | back to top
OTHER FINNISH ORGANISATIONS | back to top
Suomineito – Finnish women’s website
Hundreds of links to women’s interests
Santa Claus Office
Santa Claus’ website