About Us

What are the Finnish cultural and academic institutes?

  • non-governmental bodies promoting co-operation between Finnish and international cultural and academic organizations and professionals
  • expert organisations supporting Finnish arts, culture and research around the world
  • independent non-profit organisations maintained by a private foundation or fund

What do the institutes do?

  • Advance international mobility, visibility and collaboration of Finnish professionals in the arts, culture and research
  • Provide information on Finnish culture, arts and research
  • Organise exhibitions, seminars, courses and other events
  • Run residency and mobility programs for arts professionals and researchers
  • Conduct academic research
  • Collaborate with other Finnish organizations in the Team Finland network and with other European cultural institutes in the EUNIC network (European Union National Institutes for Culture)


The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes (SKTI) is a Helsinki-based association that assists the institute network in communications, administration and lobbying in Finland. The institutes and SKTI are subsidised by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland. Their projects receive additional funding from private Finnish and foreign foundations, companies and partners.

SKTI’s board of trustees is chaired by Mr Sakari Karjalainen and comprises representatives of different foundations and institutes: Ms Laura Hirvi, Ms Marianna Kajantie, Ms Katariina Mustakallio, Ms Virpi Näsänen and Ms Manna Satama as members and Ms Pirjo Hiidenmaa and Mr Anders Eriksson as deputy members.