Briefly in English

"The objective of the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation is to promote cultural links between Sweden and Finland by supporting endeavours, to increase knowledge about, and contacts between, the culture, economic life and people of both countries."

The Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation aims to further cultural relations between Sweden and Finland by providing support for increased knowledge of, and contact between, the culture, economy and people of the two countries. To this end the Foundation dispenses project subsidies and travel grants. Beyond this, the Foundation also initiates its own projects.

The Cultural Foundation came into existence in 1960 after a decision by the Swedish government. At that time part of the interest on Finland’s national debt was set aside for a foundation for cultural co-operation between the two countries. Half of the Foundation's original capital was placed in each country.

The Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation is the largest bilateral foundation in Scandinavia. In Finland its capital amounts to approximately 36 million euros (2014). In Sweden the capital amounts to approximately SEK 171 million.  

The work of the Foundation is managed by a board comprised of six members, three from Sweden and three from Finland. The board is appointed by the governments of the respective countries. The members are chosen for a period of three calendar years and individual deputies are appointed for each of the board members. The governments of Sweden and Finland also appoint one of the members from each country to serve in alternate years as chair and as vice chair. During 2017  Minister Jan-Erik Enestam (FIN)  is Chairperson and County Governor Chris Heister (SWE) is Vice Chair.

The Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation has a secretariat in Finland at the Hanaholmen Cultural Centre in Espoo, and one in Sweden, at Riddargatan 13 in Stockholm. The secretariat in Finland deals with applications for grants from applicants living and/or working in Finland. The secretariat in Sweden deals with applications for grants  from applicants living and/or working in Sweden.

The Foundation also administrates several of its own projects within the areas of languages, culture, society and higher academic research. Please contact us for further information.

Contact us

finland

+358 (0)9 435 020
rahastot@hanaholmen.fi

sweden

+46 (0)73 544 79 19
sverige@kulturfonden.net