The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute promotes cultural exchange between Finland and Norway. Our aim is to strengthen co-operation, dialogue and mobility between professional art and cultural practitioners in both countries.

The institute is a network-creator and bridge-builder 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. The institute can apply project financing 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. The institute works closely with other bodies which maintain contact between Finland and Norway, such as Finland’s embassy in Oslo and Business Finland Norway. It also belongs to the EUNIC Norway network, which consists of European cultural institutes and embassies located in Norway.


Pauliina Gauffin



(+47) 40 62 18 91

Iiris Tarvonen



(+47) 91 00 50 19

Linda Hildén



(+47) 40 62 40 08

Solja Kumpula



(+47) 40 62 40 08


The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute offers Finnish students opportunities to get international work experience. The yearly interns are an important part of the small and vibrant cultural institute. The internship at the Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute is suitable for final year students or recent graduates in communications, cultural production, art or the humanities.

You can apply for our internship positions via EDUFI-programme or Svenska kulturfondet.

Read more about the applying process and -criteria:

Svenska kulturfonden



Karl Einar Ellingsen, Chairman
Rune Carlsson, Assistant Secretary General, The Nordic Association in Norway
Virpi Näsänen, M.Sc. (Econ.)
Toni Kauppila, Professor and architect, Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Marianne Zamecznik, Curator, Trondheim kunstmuseum


Annual Report 2023 (in Norwegian)
Annual Report 2022 (in Norwegian)
Annual Report 2021  (in Norwegian)
Annual Report 2020 (in Norwegian)
Annual Report 2019  (in Norwegian)