Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland
To support and strengthen the culture and education of the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland.
What we do
The work of the foundation is divided into five lines of action:
• arts & culture
• the Swedish language
• social cohesion through NGOs and other third sector associations
• international activities
Annually the foundation contributes around 33 million EUR of funding
and about 8 000 applications are received every year.
According to the rules and regulations of the around 480 individual funds that together form the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, the foundation awards grants both to institutions, associations and individuals with educational and cultural activities and interests. In addition to its grantmaking activities, the foundation initiates larger projects in the fields of culture and education, organises conferences on varying themes for key groups, and awards a number of prizes each year.
Facts about Finland – a bilingual country
Svenska kulturfonden (Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland) was established in 1908, at a time in history when the right of the Swedish-speaking population to use their own language and have their own culture was threatened. Today, the foundation plays a bridging role in a bilingual society, and, through its work, wants to enhance the understanding of the value of living in a country with two languages.
Finland has two national languages, Finnish and Swedish. Of the total population of five million, 5,4% are native Swedish speakers. Both linguistic groups have equal legal status in the constitutional act of the country. The Swedish-speaking minority group has the right to education - from pre-school to university level - and a wide range of public services in their native language. Further legislation has been enacted to endorse public TV and radio broadcasting in both national languages. This has contributed to the existence of a rich cultural life and an array of media offerings also in Swedish. The majority of the Swedish-speakers live in the coastal areas of Finland.
Annual seminar about minority issues in Brussels
The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland annually organizes an international seminar on language minority issues.
Last year’s seminar (13.11.2012 in Brussels) focused on the linguistic majority as its activities and attitudes are important for the future of minorities – it is the majority that creates the environment in which the minority may exist and operate.
Here you will find some material from our seminar in Brussels, 13.11.2012 (PDF):
Belén Bernaldo de Quirós
An article about the seminar and it´s keynotespeaker, former Finnish President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari.
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EUSTORY Youth Academy 2013 in Finland
EUSTORY – the History Network for Young Europeans –is a European network of independent civic organisations that carry out historical research competitions for young students at the age of 13 to 19. The Finnish part of the competition is coordinated by the Association for Teachers of History and Social Studies in Finland and financed by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.
Prizewinners from all national history competitions in Europe are given the possibility to participate in international EUSTORY Youth Academies organised annually in different countries belonging to the network. In the autumn of 2013 the Academy will be arranged in Finland with the following theme: “World War as a turning point in Europe: From the external to the internal wars”. During eight days 23 participants from 18 European countries will take part in seminars and workshops, visit historical sites and organisations and together develop own projects relating to the theme of the Academy.
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For more information about us, please contact our International Coordinator at contact[a]kulturfonden.fi.