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New architectural policy programme emphasises the ability of architecture to support wellbeing and societal sustainability

20.1.2022 10.04
Vellamo TSR. Photo: City of Kotka
Architecture affects the wellbeing of people and nature in significant ways. Good architecture and design stand the test of time and can be converted into new use if necessary. These are key themes in Finland’s new architectural policy programme. The programme sets out objectives and measures for developing the sustainability of the built environment comprehensively between 2022 and 2035.

Updated recommendations for early childhood education and care, school education and vocational education and training to prevent the coronavirus epidemic

22.12.2021 11.28
The Ministry of Education and Culture and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare have updated two recommendations related to the prevention of the COVID-19 epidemic. One of the recommendations applies to providers of early childhood education and care and school education, and the second to providers of general upper secondary education and vocational education and training, liberal adult education, basic education for adults, universities of applied sciences and universities.

Government decides on updates to COVID-19 strategy, continuation of restrictions and use of COVID-19 passport

18.1.2022 18.10
Prime Minister Sanna Marin 18.1.
On Tuesday 18 January, the Government held an extensive discussion on the need to update the COVID-19 strategy in response to changes in the situation caused by the rapidly spreading Omicron variant. The discussions were based on expert assessments the Government received on the epidemiological situation and the burden on medical care in the coming weeks, and on views about the need to amend the current operating strategy. The Government was also briefed on the status of preparations to expand the use of the COVID-19 passport.

Government roadmap compiles measures to increase education-based and work-based immigration

9.9.2021 16.03
Kuvassa maahanmuuttajataustaisia opiskelijoita.
Finland needs more work-based and education-based immigration to help companies find enough experts and to strengthen Finland’s vitality and public finances. The roadmap for education-based and work-based immigration is a long-term action plan to achieve the objectives set for immigration of specialists, entrepreneurs, researchers and students.

EU Sports Ministers call for respect for human rights in international sports organisations

21.12.2021 15.38
The Sports Ministers of the European Union Iceland and Norway have signed a statement calling for transparency, democracy and respect for human rights in the work of international sport federations.

Provision of vocational education and training in English being boosted

13.12.2021 11.36
The Ministry of Education and Culture has authorised four vocational education and training providers to use English as a language of instruction and qualifications for five different qualification programmes.
Ministry of Education and Culture

Ministry of Education and Culture

The Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for the development of education, science, cultural, sport and youth policies. The administrative branch of the Ministry of Education and Culture comprises 13 agencies, including Finnish National Agency for Education, Academy of Finland and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

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International cooperation

International cooperation

In international affairs, the Ministry participates in the work of major international organisations and regional councils, implements programmes and initiatives nationally and supports cultural cooperations and expatriate activities.

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Li Andersson
Li Andersson
Minister of Education
Antti Kurvinen
Antti Kurvinen
Minister of Science and Culture