Cultural policy framework and development in Finland

Veistoksen pää. KUVA: OKMThe aim of the government's cultural policy is to promote creativity, plurality and inclusion in Finland.

The Ministry of Education and Culture promotes work in the arts and other creative work, the conditions for the production and distribution of art, the availability of art and cultural services, as well as the conservation of cultural heritage and cultural environments. The ministry sees to the resources needed by the sector and prepares the related legislation.

Finland's cultural policy's most important guidelines are laid out in the Government Programme and in separate programmes for specific sectors.

Strategy for Finnish cultural policy

The Ministry of Education and Culture's Strategy for Cultural Policies will run until 2025. It describes the sector's operating environment changes as well as determines the common intent, objective and key measures for the development of cultural policy.

The target areas for cultural policy and related strategic objectives are:

  • Creative work and production
    The conditions for artistic and other creative work will be better, and there will be more diverse ways to produce and distribute creative works.
  • Inclusion and participation in arts and culture
    Inclusion in arts and culture will be increased and differences between population groups in terms of participation will be smaller.
  • Cultural basis and continuity
    The cultural basis will be strong and vital.

Report on cultural policy

The Government will draw up a report on cultural policy and a cross-administrative growth Strategy for the creative industries, improving internationalisation (Creative Finland).

The report on cultural policy is included in the Programme of Prime Minister Petteri Orpo's Government. The vision presented in the report and the measures to achieve it are based on the situational picture of the arts and culture sector and its key drivers of change.

The Government aims to submit the report to Parliament in autumn 2024. The preparatory work will be carried out with broad-based involvement of the cultural sector.