About us

The basic goal of The Finnish Institute in Estonia is to promote Finnish culture in Estonia. It seeks to advance cultural relations and educational cooperation between the countries. It distributes information about Finland, and promotes bilateral relations in social life and economy. The Institute’s primary task is to create new networks and connections. It also organises public events.

The Institute focuses on projects that are modern, innovative and contribute to the creative side of society. In the coming years it will put even more emphasis on new, cross-sectoral modes of operation, including cultural export projects, structural development of creative economy as well as art and well-being. The Institute continues to foster the kinship between languages through language programs and literature, and organises touring exhibitions.

The Institute covers the whole Estonia. The offices in Tallinn and Tartu house a small library and a reading room. Auditorium and conference room in Tallinn are available for rent.

The Institute, founded in 1991, is maintained by the Foundation of the Finnish Institute in Estonia.

Background of Institutes

All cultural and academic institutes are independent, non-profit organisations maintained by a private foundation or fund. They are not dependent on official Finnish cultural and scientific policies, which adds to their flexibility and credibility in the eyes of local cultural institutions, partners and the general public.

The institutes receive basic funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture, and work in close cooperation with the Finnish embassy in their country of location. Their projects are also funded by various foundations supporting sciences and culture, corporations, and partners both in Finland and abroad.