Within the Finnish Government, the Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for developing educational, science, cultural, sport and youth policies and international cooperation in these fields.  The Minister of Education and Culture, Ms. Sanni Grahn-Laasonen is responsible for matters, which fall under the Ministry of Education and Culture.

World Press Freedom Day brings together over 1,100 media professionals from different parts of the world in Helsinki


Finland will host the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) event for journalists and media professionals in Helsinki on 3–4 May.

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Open access to a record-breaking amount of Finnish cultural data

FNA_tunnus_pysty_WEB_turkA service combining material from Finnish archives, libraries and museums, publishes its open application programming interface. Through the API, anyone can access the metadata for almost 9 million entries in the service.

Finna is part of the Ministry of Education and Culture project the National Digital Library.

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Finnish research infrastructures databank opened

openscienceThe Finnish research infrastructures databank gives information about nationally significant research infrastructures, including facilities, equipment, materials and services that enable research.

The information in the databank is in Finnish and English. The Academy of Finland and Ministry of Education and Culture launched the development of the Finnish research infrastructures databank under the Open Science and Research Initiative in 2015.

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Tuition fees for higher education students from outside the EU/ETA area


As of the beginning of 2016, Institutes of higher education may charge tuition fees from students coming from outside the EU and the ETA. The size of the payments could vary between different schools and between the different programs offered by a particular school. The higher educational establishments would decide themselves on arrangements regarding collection of the fees. They would need to have a scholarship system, through which the studies of students participating in the fee-charging degree programmes would be supported. The size of the fee charged would have to be at least €1,500 per year.

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Finland's Basic Education Act awarded


Finland's Basic Education Act won the Silver Future Policy Award for the promotion of children's equal access to education and training. The Act was recognized for guaranteeing children’s equal access to high-quality education and training, irrespective of ethnic origin, age, wealth, language or location.

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The new core curriculum for basic education emphasises the joy of learning

pojatThe new core curriculum for basic education will be introduced in schools in August 2016. The curriculum emphasises the joy of learning and the pupils´ active role. It is based on the learning conception that positive emotional experiences, collaborative working and interaction as well as creative activity enhance learning.

The Finnish National Board of Education has confirmed the new national core curriculum for basic education. 

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