The Nordic Culture Point

Nordic Culture Point is an institution of the Nordic Council of Ministers which works to support Nordic co-operation within the area of culture and to increase awareness of Nordic culture in Finland. Our vision is that everyone should be able to participate in socio-cultural life on equal terms. 

Nordic Culture Point has three different elements – the management of funding programmes, a library, and cultural events. Our key target groups are: practitioners of art and culture in the Nordic and Baltic regions; Finns who are interested in culture and society; and Finnish schools, daycare centres, and universities.

Funding programmes

We manage the Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding programmes for cultural co-operation. The funding programmes are categorised by target group. Some forms of funding are aimed solely at professional cultural practitioners, while others are designed to support broader projects that help to strengthen the Nordic dimension in both culture and society at large. Every year, almost EUR 5 million is granted via the funding programmes we manage. Find out more about the funding programmes here.

Library

Nordic Culture Point runs a specialist library at Kajsaniemigatan 9 in Helsinki. It is the only Nordic specialist library in Finland and boasts a collection of fiction and non-fiction, magazines, and films in all the Nordic languages. The library, which also has a large collection of literature for children and young people, attracts more than 50,000 visitors each and every year. The library regularly hosts group visits and workshops for kindergartens, primary school pupils, high school students, and students from colleges and universities with the aim of increasing their awareness of the Nordic Region and Nordic literature. Find out more about our library here.

Events

Nordic Culture Point arranges cultural events where it showcases the different cultures of all the Nordic countries in Helsinki. Most of our events are held in the TING hall adjacent to our Nordic specialist library at Kajsaniemigatan 9 in Helsinki. We regularly collaborate with other cultural institutions in Helsinki and across Finland.  Our events programme includes literature, film, the visual arts, music, and sometimes also drama. In addition, in partnership with the Finnish arm of The Nordic Region in Focus, we organise debates and seminars on current social issues. Find out more about our events here.

Background

Nordic Culture Point can chart its history back to the group of Finnish islands called Suomenlinna, which have been home to official Nordic cultural activities for over 40 years.

In 2007 Suomenlinna became home to Kulturkontakt Nord, which was founded to administer the Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding programmes for culture. Then, in 2012, Kulturkontakt Nord merged with Nifin – the Nordic Institute in Finland – which was founded at Kajsaniemigatan in 1997 with the task of organising cultural events and running a Nordic library.

The merged institutions operated under the Kulturkontakt Nord brand until February 2017, when it gained its new Scandinavian name, Nordisk kulturkontakt, or Nordic Culture Point in English.

Find out more about Nordic co-operation on the Nordic Council of Ministers’ website.