About Us

The Finnish cultural and academic institutes advance international mobility, visibility and collaboration of Finnish professionals in the arts, culture and research.

What are the Finnish cultural and academic institutes?

  • non-governmental bodies promoting co-operation between Finnish and international cultural and academic organisations 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?

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

Each institute has its own established function. However, the network consisting of the 17 institutes, the organisations maintaining the institutes and The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes (SKTI) is constantly evolving. Joint physical and virtual meetings and an ongoing internal dialogue support this development work. In 2020, we will work internally within the network, e.g. by developing ecologically sustainable operational models, by focusing on promoting equality and diversity in the institutes’ work and by developing the institutes’ administration.

The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes oppose racism and discrimination. We promote equality and the diversity of Finnish culture and strive to diversify research and science globally.

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. In Finland, the institutes work closely with the information centres for arts, organisations for culture export, as well as with universities and other higher education institutions.


The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes (SKTI) is a Helsinki-based association that supports the institutes’ internal communication and collaboration, and assists the institute network in communications, administration and lobbying in Finland. SKTI represents Finland in the EUNIC network.

The board of the association comprises representatives of the organisations maintaining the institutes and of staff members of the institutes. The board is chaired by Mr Sakari Karjalainen (Foundation for the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux & Foundation of the Finnish Institute in the Middle East) and Ms Virpi Näsänen (The board of the Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute) is deputy chair of the board. The other members of the board are Mr Anders Adlercreutz (Member of Parliament), Ms Kati Laakso (The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux), Ms Katariina Mustakallio (Institutum Romanum Finlandiae Foundation) and Ms Manna Satama (Foundation of the Finnish Institute at Athens). Ms Pirjo Hiidenmaa (Foundation of the Finnish Institute in Japan) and Ms Sani Kontula-Webb (The Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg) serve as deputy members of the board. The members are appointed for three years and this period can be extended by three more years.