The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute seeks to promote cultural exchange between Finland and Norway and increase awareness of Finland in Norway and vice versa. The aim is to encourage cooperation, dialogue and mobility between Finnish and Norwegian artists, cultural entities and organisations, and to produce varied programme for the public at large.

The institute is a network-creator, bridge-builder and information interface between a wide range of cultural entities. Events are always arranged in partnership with Norwegian and Finnish partners. The institute does not have their own premises for public events.

Founded in 1997, the institute is based in Oslo, but has activities throughout Norway. The bilateral cultural foundations the Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Foundation and the Norwegian-Finnish Cultural Foundation support the institute. The boards of these foundations also appoint the institute’s own board, consisting of members from Norway and Finland. Basic financing is provided by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The Norwegian Ministry of Culture also supports its activities. Project financing can be applied for from funds and foundations.

The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute is a member of the SKTI network The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes – comprising 17 institutes located in different parts of the world. It also belongs to the EUNIC Norway network, which consists of European cultural institutes and embassies located in Norway.

The institute also works closely with other bodies which maintain contact between Finland and Norway, such as Finland’s embassy in Oslo and Business Finland Norway.


Pauliina Gauffin



(+47) 40 62 18 91

Ida Laude (on leave)


Iiris Tarvonen



(+47) 91 00 50 19

Tilda Anttila



(+47) 40 62 40 08



Karl Einar Ellingsen, Chairman
Anna-Maija Isachsen, Administrative Director, Blomqvist kunsthandel
Virpi Näsänen, M.Sc. (Econ.)
Toni Kauppila, Professor and architect, Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Marianne Zamecznik, Curator, Trondheim kunstmuseum

Annual Report 2019 (in Norwegian)
Annual Report 2018 (in Norwegian)
Annual Report 2017 (in Swedish)